The Standard UNE 149002 Acceptance criteria for products that can be flushed down the toilet has recently been published. This standard can be applied to commercial products for regular use in the bathroom, which have been designed, labelled and marketed, implicitly or explicitly, as flushable, and which may be contaminated by bodily fluids.
To avoid ambiguities regarding its application, the Standard UNE 149002 includes a series of key term definitions for the exclusive purposes of the standard, such as what is and is not a flushable product; what is the standard referring to when it discusses materials of synthetic origin, toilet paper or different processes such as the biodegradation, disintegration, bio-disintegration, dispersion and sedimentation of products.
Those behind this project are the Spanish water and paper sectors, concerned by the current situation, who created a working group, under the secretariat of the Spanish Water Supply and Treatment Association (AEAS), in the Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, within the heart of the Technical Committee CTN 149 Water Engineering. The mission of this group was to elaborate said standard to establish the valid criteria and objectives for identifying which products are biodegradable, and can therefore be flushed down the toilet.
The working group is formed of all parties concerned in relation to this field; i.e., corporate sectorial associations that are members of the UNE: Spanish Water Supply and Treatment Association (AEAS), the Association of Pulp, Paper and Cardboard Association (ASPAPEL), the National Association of Perfumery and Cosmetics (STANPA), and the Association of Companies producing Detergents and Cleaning, Maintenance and Related Products (ADELMA). It also involves water operators, manufacturers and processors of raw materials, test laboratories or manufacturers of waste water pumps. All these parties participated in developing the Standard UNE 149002 Acceptance criteria for products that can be flushed down the toilet.