Manufacturers call for urgent action on non-compliant circulator pumps

The British Pump Manufacturers Association has said it is ‘deeply concerned’ by the recent announcement from the Office for Product Safety and Standards regarding the prevalence of non-compliant circulator pumps in the UK market.

The BPMA said that the revelation that OPSS inspections identified more than four out of five imports as non-compliant (85%) underscores the urgent need for action to safeguard consumers and uphold industry standards.

The association said:

The findings of the inspections conducted by the OPSS are alarming and raise serious questions about the efficacy of current regulatory measures governing circulator pumps. Non-compliant products not only offer significant reductions in energy efficiency values but also undermine the integrity of the pump industry and erode trust in regulatory processes.

The BPMA stressed the importance of robust enforcement mechanisms to address this influx of non-compliant products. It said:

It is imperative that regulatory bodies collaborate closely with industry stakeholders to implement effective strategies for detecting and preventing the circulation of non-compliant pumps. The association welcomes the OPSS’s removal of some 30 products identified as not satisfying the required compliance measures.

Wayne Rose, chief executive of the BPMA, added:

The proliferation of non-compliant circulator pumps is a significant concern for both manufacturers and consumers. We urge the government and regulatory authorities to continue to take decisive action to tackle this issue and ensure that only energy efficient and compliant products are available in the market.

The BPMA said that it ‘stands ready’ to collaborate with the OPSS and other relevant bodies to develop and implement measures that enhance product safety and integrity.

It also urged vigilance when purchasing circulator pumps and advised seeking only products bearing recognised certifications and compliance markings.