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New Directives Advisory Service Given the Thumbs Up

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Flotronic Pumps happy with the first audit under the BPMA’s new Advisory Service

Not being legally compliant when placing products onto the UK or European market can lead to large fines for the company.  But worse still, if a non-compliant product leads to injury or death, it can result in prosecution or even imprisonment for company executives.

The BPMA has for many years provided generic information to its members on EU Directives which specifically affect the pump industry, either through guidance documents, position papers or more general information given out at meetings.

Building on this important ‘information transfer’ yet further, the BPMA now offers an ‘advisory service’ which is designed to help suppliers of liquid pumps achieve and maintain the correct compliance procedures and documentation.  Comprising a site visit, a full appraisal of a company’s Technical File, CE Marking, Declaration of Conformity and other certification requirements, along with the provision of a detailed information folder, a follow-up written report is then submitted.

One company that has already taken advantage of this advisory service is AODD Pump manufacturer, Flotronic Pumps Ltd.  With its comprehensive range of pumps serving a broad application base, from acids to adhesives, paints to petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals to food & drink, the company was keen to ensure that its compliance obligations were being thoroughly met.

The review was initiated by Peter Wheal, Flotronic Pumps’ Chief Engineer, who considered the use of the BPMA Advisory Scheme to have been beneficial in explaining pump industry practices, and how applicable directives and standards might develop going forward.   He said, “Awareness of possible additional requirements as pump products encompass more control and hazard prevention capabilities had been a useful discussion point for us.”  He continued, “Guidance on when directives will change helps to save cost on printing, but the BPMA advice may also avoid the need, and additional cost, for external support from Notified Bodies and The CE Marking Association.”

John Bower, who carried out the BPMA Advisory Scheme audit at Flotronic Pumps’ facility in Bolney, West Sussex last month (February) was delighted to state that, “Flotronic had diligently followed compliance processes, in particular with Technical Dossiers, Hazard Assessment, Testing, Product Safety and IoMs.”

The BPMA actively promotes a “Buy with confidence from BPMA members” ethos and this new service aims to fully support and enhance that approach.

If you are interested in this service please contact Steve Smith at BPMA on 0121 601 6691 or e-mail [email protected]

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