“European Drinking Water” (EDW) is an alliance of European trade associations representing industries supplying products or materials used in drinking water applications and municipal drinking water supply within the European Union (EU).

EDW works to ensure the harmonised implementation of the provisions of Article 11 of the EU Drinking Water Directive (hygiene requirements for materials that come into contact with water intended for human consumption).

As well as promoting the harmonisation of EU regulatory requirements of products and materials used in drinking water applications, EDW supports:

  • the establishment of an EU harmonised positive list for starting substances, developed using existing EU legislation (Regulation (EU)10/2011) and EU national lists (including from the 4MSi); and,
  • a proportionate system for the product conformity assessment, which ensures safety of materials and products in contact with drinking water