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Material and product innovation through knowledge based standardization in the drinking water sector

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  • Published 27/04/2018
  • Last updated 09/05/2018
A new report shows that different procedures are used to assess the impact of materials and products on the drinking water across the Nordic countries. This may influence the administrative burdens, production costs and innovation in the sector.

SINTEF, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences , Swerea KIMAB and Danish Technological Institute, have in a coordinated effort investigated the procedures to verify safe drinking water in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The project MaiD (Material and product innovation through knowledge based standardization in drinking water sector) was carried out in 2014–2017 and funded by Nordic Innovation. Its main finding is that there are different procedures in each Nordic country, which may lead to administrative burdens, high production costs and lack of innovation in the sector.  


The objective of the project was to identify key components that could be included in the national approval procedures in the Nordic countries to safeguard drinking water, material quality and a level playing field for businesses operating in the Nordics. The key components should also be based on European standards and practice as far as possible to ease administrative burden. 


In order to improve the current situation, a coordinated effort across the borders is necessary. MaiD has established a unique network which consists of building and health authorities, manufacturing industry, professionals and industrial bodies, certification bodies and R&D institutions from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.


Download the report here. 

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