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INSTA SBC EN 12201

January 2017, supersedes version December 2015

Specific rules for Nordic certification in accordance


with

EN 12201 Plastics piping systems for water supply, and


for drainage and sewerage under pressure –
Polyethylene (PE) – Part 1: General
Part 2: Pipes
Part 3: Fittings

© INSTA-CERT
INSTA SBC EN 12201 January 2017

Specific rules for certification in accordance with EN 12201-1, -2 and -3

Plastics piping systems for water supply, and for drainage and sewerage under pressure –
Polyethylene (PE) – Part 1: General, Part 2: Pipes and Part 3: Fittings

Foreword

The latest version of EN 12201 specifies the requirements for a piping system and its components when
made from polyethylene (PE). It is intended to be used for water supply intended for human consumption,
including the conveyance of raw water prior to treatment as well as for drainage and sewerage under
pressure. The EN 12201:2011 series also supersedes the EN 13244:2002 series.
This INSTA-CERT specific rules (SBC) covers compound, pipes and fittings.

The following modifications are made in this version of this document:


- The SBC has been editorial updated according to INSTA-CERT SBC Template no. 7
- Annex A: New Norwegian INSTA-CERT partner, Norner AS

References

INSTA-CERT GRC General Rules for the services provided by INSTA-CERT Product certification

EN 12201-1:2011 Plastics piping systems for water supply and for drainage and sewerage under
pressure – Polyethylene (PE) – Part 1: General

EN 12201-2:2011+A1:2013 Plastics piping systems for water supply and for drainage and sewerage under
pressure – Polyethylene (PE) – Part 2: Pipes

EN 12201-3:2011+A1:2012 Plastics piping systems for water supply and for drainage and sewerage under
pressure – Polyethylene (PE) – Part 3: Fittings

EN 12201-5:2011 Plastics piping systems for water supply and for drainage and sewerage under
pressure – Polyethylene (PE) – Part 5: Fitness for purpose of the system

CEN/TS 12201-7:2015 Plastics piping systems for water supply and for drainage and sewerage under
pressure – Polyethylene (PE) – Part 7: Guidance for the assessment of
conformity

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0 INFORMATION

In Denmark and Finland there are special national requirements for drinking water purposes that require a
DK-VAND approval in Denmark and a FI-mark in Finland.

1 CONDITIONS FOR CERTIFICATION

The issuing of a certificate requires that the applicant commits himself to follow the ”General Rules for the
services provided by INSTA-CERT” (hereafter INSTA-CERT GRC) and the specific rules but also to make
sure that the products mentioned fulfil the requirements in EN 12201.

The compounds, for manufacturing of pipes and fittings, must have an INSTA-CERT certificate.

The certification of fittings covers also fabricated fittings size group 1, 2, 3 and 4, see Annex C.

The INSTA-CERT certification system covers blue or black pipes. In addition black pipes may have coloured
identification stripes. For pipes with peel-able layer the colour of the outer layer shall be in accordance with
the manufacturer’s specification.

Pipe constructions including diffusion barrier layers are not covered by this INSTA SBC. Such pipe
constructions are covered by ISO 21004.

2 APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE

The applicant is free to choose at which certification body, partner of INSTA-CERT, he wants to apply and
subsequently a certificate is issued.
The application shall be in writing on a separate form, available at www.insta-cert.net. The application form
should include information concerning the applicant as well as information concerning the relevant
compound, fittings and dimensions of pipes and fittings per SDR series mentioned in the application.

The application shall include:


Accredited reports covering type tests (testing and inspection) according to clause 4.1 and description
of each component intended to be covered in the certificate. When appropriate, technical specifications
or drawings can be used. The type test report or any other test reports should be presented in any of
the Nordic languages or in English. The age of the reports should preferably not exceed two years.
- Information concerning the material in pipes and fittings stating the name of the manufacturer of raw
material and information of the raw material
- Description of the manufacturers internal control system and instructions for quality assurance of
the relevant product according to clause 4.1.2.
- Installation manual in the four Nordic languages how to assemble electro fusion fittings to the
pipes according to Annex D of this document.
- Proposal for marking according to clause 5 and Annex B.

An INSTA-CERT certificate can only be given to manufactures of materials or components in the field of
thermoplastic piping and fitting system.

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3 CERTIFICATE

The certificate can be issued, when the reports from the type testing proves that the requirements in
EN 12201 are fulfilled as well as other application initiatives according to clause 2 are approved.

A certificate according to this SBC covers only one manufacturer and products from one place of production.

For a manufacturer extending his scope of certification to another production site with products
covered by this SBC one of the following alternatives may be followed:

1. Type testing is performed by an approved test laboratory according to Table 12, 13, 14 or C1,
Audit test. A certificate may be issued, when the approved results are available for short time
tests.
2. The manufacturer shall perform a preliminary type test according to Table 12, 13, 14 or C1,
Audit test. The certificate may be issued as soon as approved results are available for all tests
and products are sent for testing at an approved test laboratory.

Both alternatives imply that production and quality assurance system for the actual production sites are
similar. This is verified through assessment of the quality system and initial inspection at the production site.
A report shall be available ahead of the issuing of a certificate.

The correlation between compound designation, design coefficient C, SDR, S and PN for the permitted
range according to this SBC is shown below, Table 0.

Table 0
Compound C SDR 7.4 9 11 13.6 17 21 26
designation S 3.2 4 5 6.3 8 10 12.5
PE 80 C=1.25 PN 20 16 12.5 10 8 6 5
C=1.6 PN 16 12.5 10 8 6 5 4
PE 100 C=1.25 PN 25 20 16 12.5 10 8 6
C=1.6 PN 20 16 12.5 10 8 6. 5

Pipes and fittings are divided into four size groups according to Table 1 below.

Table 1

Size group 1 2 3 4
Nominal outside dn 75 ≤ dn 250 ≤ dn 710 ≤dn < 1800
diameter, dn, mm < 75 < 250 < 710

Fitting groups

Fittings are divided into four groups as follows:


(A) Electrofusion socket fitting: electrofusion couplers, electrofusion elbows, electrofusion tees, electrofusion
reducers, electrofusion end cap, etc.;
(B) Electrofusion saddle fitting: electrofusion tapping saddles, electrofusion branch saddles, etc.;
(C) Spigot end fitting: elbows, tees, reducers, end caps, etc.
(D) Fabricated fittings: swept bends, segmented bends and segmented tees etc.

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4 TESTING AND INSPECTION


Testing and inspection include:

 type testing and inspection, 4.1


 factory production control, (BRT, PVT)4.2,
 audit testing (AT) and inspection, 4.3
 other testing and inspection, 4.4
 testing and/or inspection at change of production conditions, 4.5

4.1 Type testing and inspection

Material in these special rules means specification of raw material-type, additives and their mixture ratios.

4.1.1 Type testing

Type testing shall be performed on compounds, pipes and fittings, which are included in the application and
to the extent stated in Table 3, 4, 5 and C.1. On request by the applicant the type test shall be performed by
an accredited testing laboratory. The type test report shall confirm that all requirements are fulfilled with
regard to the relevant compounds, pipes/fittings. The type test report shall state the designation of material
used in the tested pipes and fittings.

4.1.2 Initial inspection

The initial inspection shall be performed by an approved inspection body according to Annex A to this SBC.

The initial inspection forms part of the type test and shall verify that the manufacturers system for quality
assurance for relevant products comply with the below notes and clause 4.2.1.

Documented routines shall cover:

- Disposition of responsibility
- Documentation (manual or document shall refer to INSTA-CERT GRC and this SBC and valid
standards for actual products) shall be available for the personnel involved.
- Purchase and reception control, stocking of raw material
- Factory production control
- Recording of the results from the internal inspection including handling records in electronic form
- Deviations and corrective actions
- Calibration of control, measuring and testing equipment with traceability to accredited calibrated
instrument
- Final control of finished product
- Handling of finished product (stocking, packaging and delivery) to prevent damages
- Claims
- Traceability from products to internal records

In case the applicant has a valid INSTA-CERT certificate for similar products this shall be taken in
consideration when deciding in the extent of initial inspection

At the initial inspection it shall be evaluated if the resources of the manufacturer are sufficient to
ensure the required quality level on the products and to perform out internal testing according to
clause 4.2.1.

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4.2 Factory production control

4.2.1 Internal testing

The manufacturer is responsible for demonstrating through described procedures and written instructions
that INSTA-CERT marked pipes and fittings included in the certificate fulfil the requirements in EN 12201 and
this SBC.

The internal testing is performed partly as batch release test (BRT) with the minimum content as stated in
Tables 6, 7, 8 and C.1 attached to this SBC, and partly as, process verification test (PVT) performed
according to Tables 9, 10, 11 and C.1. Documentation from the testing should be kept for at least 5 years.

The certificate holder/manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that instructions concerning internal quality
inspection are available for the personnel in the language(s) of the country concerned.
Records of the internal testing shall be signed, dated and shall be available to the external inspector
according to clause 4.3.1.

The records shall include information of - or traceability to

- Type of raw material


- Certificate of raw material
- Compound identification / designation
- Batch number
- Date of production

If the tested pipes and fittings do not fulfil the requirements the manufacturer/certificate holder must
immediately initiate the necessary corrective actions to ensure that the products fulfil the requirements, see
clause 8.2 batch release tests, in this SBC.
Sales of defective conformity marked products shall be prevented.

4.3 Audit testing and inspection

Audit testing and inspection of compounds shall be performed once per year by an approved inspection body
and testing laboratory according to Annex A to this SBC (see 4.3.3).

Audit testing and inspection of pipes and fittings shall be performed normally twice per year by an approved
inspection body and testing laboratory according to Annex A to this SBC (see 4.3.3).

4.3.1 Inspection

The inspection includes


 Review of the manufacturer’s documentation of the internal control according to clause 4.2.1 including
inspection of records as well as inspection of the manufacturer’s testing equipment and calibration of
measuring and testing equipment used.
 Storage, packing and delivery of final products. In addition also random surveillance of the quality
insurance routines is made according to 4.1.2.
 Under certificate produced products from the manufacturer's stock are chosen and signed by the
inspector for testing according to 4.3.2.

4.3.2 Audit testing

Testing shall be performed according to Tables 12, 13, 14 and C.1 attached to the present SBC covering
compound, pipes and fittings with sizes representative for the manufacturer’s production. All test results
should be documented in a report stating the used compound in the tested pipes and fittings.

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4.3.3 Results from inspection and testing

If the requirements are not fulfilled the certification body decides, if necessary in consent with the inspection
body and/or testing laboratory concerned, which action shall be taken.

Deficiencies in the results of external or internal testing or inspection may cause withdrawal of the right to
use the conformity mark until sufficient actions to ensure the quality have been taken. The certification body
may additionally increase the number of external inspections for a certain period of time.

4.4 Other testing and inspection

Other testing and inspection may be performed under the conditions stated in INSTA-CERT GRC.

4.5 Control at change of material or production methods

The certificate holder shall in advance inform the certification body of change of compound, design or
production method. Tables 4, 5 and 6 describe the extent of the control, which is caused by the change.

The certificate holder is not allowed to mark any changed product with the conformity mark without a written
permission from the certification body.

5 MARKING

Compounds, pipes and fittings included in the certificate shall at least be marked with:

1. The conformity mark, see Annex B


2. Information according to EN 12201-2 clause 11 including pressure class achieved applying the
lowest design factor or EN 12201-3 clause 11 respectively, except:
- the additional marking regarding the removal of the outside layer of the peel-able pipes;
- the marking with codes for the intended use (P, W or W/P).
3. If the peel-able layer must be removed before buttfusion, this relevant info shall be marked on
the peel-able layer.
4. If relevant DK-VAND - and/or FI - mark, see clause 0 Information

Marking according to clauses 1 to 4 shall be approved by the certification body.

Any additional marking shall not be in conflict with marking according to clauses 1 to 4.

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6 FEES

Information about application and annual fees can be given by the INSTA-CERT members.

The costs for type testing and inspection as well as audit testing and inspection are paid by the applicant/the
certificate holder directly to the inspection body/testing laboratory.

Costs related to other kind of testing and/or inspection shall be paid according to the conditions stated in
INSTA-CERT GRC.

7 REGISTER

Register of approved compounds, pipes and fittings according to EN 12201 can be found on the
INSTA-CERT homepage www.insta-cert.net.

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8 TESTING EXTENT

8.1 Type testing

Relevant type testing according to tables 3, 4 and 5 shall be performed for each compound used and when
changes in construction, changes in compound and/or production method are taking place. Characteristics
with given frequencies are tested by an accredited test laboratory.

Relevant type testing for compounds when changes are taking place is given in CEN/TS 12201-7,
Annex A.

For fabricated fittings, type testing is given in Annex C.

Table 3 – Type testing (TT) of the compound to be done by the compound manufacturer
Number of
Reference to part and Minimum sampling Number of test
Characteristic measurements per
clause of EN 12201:2011 frequency samples/ pieces a
test piece
Compound density 1-4.4.1 Once per compound 3 1

Carbon black content 1-4.4.1 Once per compound 3 1


Carbon black dispersion 1-4.4.1 Once per compound 1 6
Pigment dispersion 1-4.4.1 Once per compound 1 6
Oxidation induction time 1-4.4.1 Once per compound 3 1
Volatile content 1-4.4.1 Once per compound 1 1
Water content b 1-4.4.1 Once per compound 1 1
Melt mass flow rate 1-4.4.1 Once per compound 1 1
Classification 1-4.6 Once per compound Shall conform to
(pipe dn ≥32 mm selected EN ISO 12162
from size group 1)
Slow crack growth (dn: 110 mm 1-4.4.2 Once per compound 3 1
SDR 11)

Resistance to RCP c 1-4.4.2 Once per compound 1 1


(pipe size 250 SDR 11 or
500 SDR 11)
Resistance to weathering d 1-4.4.2 Once per compound 3/3/5 1/1/1

Fusion compatibility Tensile 1-4.5 Once per compound 3 Shall conform to ISO
failure mode (dn: 110 mm 13953
SDR 11) e
a The number of samples given in the table is the minimum. All samples shall pass the relevant tests.
b Only applicable if the requirement for volatile content is not conformed to. In case of dispute the requirement for water
content shall apply.
c To be taken into account for compounds intended to be used in the manufacture of pipes having a wall thickness ≥ 32 mm.
Assessment of RCP on compounds for fittings is not applicable.
d Only for non-black compounds. The diameter of the test piece should be included in the report.
Three test pieces for elongation at break/Three test pieces for hydrostatic strength/ for decohesion test one electro fusion
joint
e For butt fusion pipe to pipe, both components from the same compound.

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Table 4 – Characteristics that require type testing (TT) of the pipe, including coextruded pipes and
pipes with peel-able layer per compound designation by the pipe manufacturer
Change of production method is not regarded relevant for pipes in accordance with this standard.
rd
Charac- Reference 3 part type testing frequency Number of Number of
g
teristic to part and test measure-
a
clause of pieces ments per
EN test piece
12201:2011 New designation / Change of Extension (New
first compound / first compound with size groups
SDR same and/or SDR
designation series)
Effect on 2 –5.3. / 8.2 National regulations National National regulations
water quality regulations
Appearance 2 – 5.1 Pipes from the samples for the testing specified below are 1 1
Colour 2 – 5.2 checked. 1 1
Geometrical 2–6 1 1
character- (for coex
istics pipes see
also annex
B.2)
Hydrostatic 2 – 7.2 1 diameter / size 1 diameter from 1 diameter of the 3 1
strength group, but at least size group 1 or 2 new size group or for size
20 °C;  two diameters shall of the largest size group 1
b
100 h be tested group with the and 2 and
new SDR 1 for size
group 3
and 4
Hydrostatic 2 – 7.2 1 diameter / size 1 diameter from 1 diameter of the 3 1
strength group, but at least size group 1 or 2 new size group or for size
80 °C;  two diameters shall of the largest size group 1
b
1000 h be tested group with the and 2 and
new SDR 1 for size
group 3
and 4
Elongation at 2 – 7.2 1 diameter / size 1 diameter from 1 diameter of the Shall 1
c
break group, but at least size group 1 or 2 new size group or conform to
two diameters shall SDR EN ISO
be tested 6259-1
Oxidation 2 – 8.2 Once / 1 diameter from 1 diameter of the 3 1
induction (for coex size group size group 1 or 2 new size group or
d
time pipes see of the largest size
also annex group with the
B.4) new SDR
Change of 2 – 8.2 Once / 1 diameter from 1 1
melt mass (for coex size group size group 1 or 2
flow rate pipes see
(MFR) also annex
B.4)
e
Marking 2 – 11

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Fitness for 5 - 4.2.2.2 Once per size group Once per size 1 1
purpose for 1 or 2 group 1 or 2
butt fusion
jointing:
pressure test
and tensile
test – The
butt fusion
shall only be
carried out
without
misalignment
at - 5°
Hydrostatic
strength
80°C/1000 h

Fitness for 5 - 4.2.2.2 ≥ DN 90 ≥ DN 90 1 As ISO


purpose for 13953
butt fusion
jointing:
pressure test
and tensile
test – The
butt fusion
shall only be
carried out
without
misalignment
f
at - 5°
Tensile test
Longitudinal 2 – 8.2 1 diameter / size 1 diameter of the 3 1
reversion group, but at least new size group or
Wall two diameters shall SDR
thickness be tested
≤ 16 mm
Additional tests for coextruded pipes

Delamination 2 – B.6 No delamination shall occur during all tests of the co-extruded pipe
Integrity of 2 – B.7 1 diameter/size group 1 diameter/size 1 diameter/size 3 1
the structure group group
after
deflection
Additional test for non-black pipes with peel-able layer

Resistance to 2 –C.3 1 diameter/peel-able one diameter 1 1


h
weathering layer compound /peel-able layer
compound

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a The number of test piece(s) given in the Table are the minimum. All test pieces shall pass the relevant tests.
b Successful testing on the lowest SDR pipe will validate pipes in the same size group having the same or a higher SDR i.e.
the same or thinner wall thickness.
c The number of test pieces and the test piece shape shall conform to EN ISO 6259-1 and ISO 6259-3 respectively. The test
pieces are taken from the circumference of one pipe sample.
d Samples to be taken from the inner wall surface.
e Products for type testing do not need to be marked as requested in the referred standard. The manufacturer shall mark
such products according to his quality plan in a clear way so traceability to all necessary data for the material used,
processing parameters etc. is secured. This marking shall be reflected in the report.
f For a manufacturer only applying for size group 1 the tensile test is not applied.
g All characteristics except marking are applicable for the base pipe of peel-able layer pipe without layer. Appearance,
colour, resistance to weathering and marking are applicable to peel-able layer pipes including the layer.
h Weathering of the base pipe is assessed in accordance with EN 12201-1:2011. The weathering of peel-able layer pipe with
the layer is assessed by testing three test pieces for elongation at break/three test pieces for hydrostatic strength/one sample
for decohesion of an electrofusion joint.

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Table 5 – Characteristics that require type testing (TT) of the fitting per compound designation by the
fitting manufacturer
Change in production method will always result in change of design and/or material.
Characte- Ref. to part 3rd part type testing frequency Number Number of
ristic b and clause of testa measure-
EN
pieces ments per
12210:2011
test piece
New Change of Change of design Extension
compound Change(s) having (new size
with same influence on the group, fitting
designation jointing and/or group and/or
performance of higher
the fitting pressure
class)

Effect on 3 -5.6/8.2 National National - National National regulations


water quality regulations regulations regulations
Appearance 3- Once / size Once / fitting Once / Once for the 1 1
5.1 group / fitting group fitting group new size
group, fitting
Colour 3 – 5.3 group 1 1
group and/or
pressure class
Electrical 3 – 5.4 1 diameter / 1 diameter / 1 diameter / size 1 diameter 1 1
characteris- size group size group group /new size
group
tics
(A) (B)
Geometrical 3 -6 Once / size Once / fitting Once / Once for the 1 1
characteristi group / fitting group fitting group new size
group, fitting
cs group
group and/or
pressure class
Hydrostatic 3- Once / size Once / fitting Once for the 3 1
strength 7.3 group / fitting group Once / new size for size
fitting group group, fitting group 1 and
20 °C; group
group and/or 2 and 1 for
 100 h pressure class size group 3
and 4
Hydrostatic 5 – 4.2.2 Once / size Once / fitting Once / fitting Once for the 3 1
strength group / fitting group group new size for size
group group and/or group 1 and
(80°C, 165
pressure class 2 and 1 for
h) size group 3
(C) e and 4
Hydrostatic 3- Once / size Once / fitting Once / Once for the 3 1
strength 7.3 group / fitting group fitting group new size for size
group group, fitting groups 1
80 °C;
group and/or and 2 and 1
 1000 h pressure class for size
group 3 and
4
Decohesive 3 – 7.3 Once / size Once / size Once / size group Once for the 1 1
resistance 5 - 4.2.3.1 group group new size
group
(A)
5-4.2.3.2 Once / size Once / size Once / size group Once for the 1 1
group / fitting group / fitting / fitting group new size
group group group, fitting
group
Cohesive 3 – 7.3 Once / size Once / size Once / size group Once for the 1 1
strength of 5 - 4.2.3.1 group / fitting group / fitting / fitting group new size
group group group
electro
5-4.2.3.2 Once / size Once / size Once / size group Once for the 1 1
fusion group / fitting group / fitting / fitting group new size
saddle fitting group group group
(B)

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Tensile 3 – 7.3 Once / size Once / size Once/size group Once for the 1 1
strength for 5 – 4.2.2.1 group group new size
group
butt fusion
5 – 4.2.2.2 Once / size Once / size Once / size group Once for the 1 1
(C) e group / fitting group / fitting / fitting group new size
group group group, fitting
group
Impact 3- One sample / One sample / One sample / One sample 1 1
resistance 7.3 size group / size group / size group / for the new
design. design design size group
of tapping
Smallest outlet and/or
tees diameter pressure class
(B) of tapping tee
Short-term 3 – 7.6 Once / size Once / size Once / size group Once for the 3 3
internal group group new size
group
pressure
resistance
(A) c
Resistance 3 – 7.6 Once / size Once / size Once / size group Once for the 3 3
to tensile group group new size
group
load
(A) c f
Melt mass 3 - 8.2 Once / size Once / size Once / size group Once per new 1 1
flow rate group group size
group/fitting
(MFR)
group and/or
pressure class
Oxidation 3 - 8.2 Once/size Once / size Once / size group Once per new 1 1
induction group group size
group/fitting
time
group and/or
(Thermal pressure class
stability) d
Marking g 3 -11.2

a The number of test pieces given in the table is the minimum. All test pieces shall pass the relevant test(s). Where applicable,.
test assemblies shall be prepared in accordance with EN 12201-5.
b Tests applicable for (A), (B) and (C) type of fitting unless indicated otherwise.
(A) :Electro fusion socket fitting;
(B) :Electro fusion saddle fitting;
(C) :Spigot end fitting
c Only applicable if EN 12201-3, clause 6.2.2 b) applies.
d Test pieces should be taken from surfaces, especially those forming part of a fusion joint.
e Only applicable to size group 2 and 3.
f One test piece for size group 3 and 4.
g Products for type testing do not need to be marked as requested in the referred standard. The manufacturer shall mark such
products according to his quality plan in a clear way so traceability to all necessary data for the material used, processing
parameters etc. is secured. This marking shall be reflected in the report.

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8.2 Batch Release Test, BRT

The characteristics stated in Tables 6, 7 and 8 are regarded as Batch Release Test, BRT.

For fabricated fittings, BRT is given in Annex C.

A batch may only be released when all relevant tests are performed with a positive result and with a
minimum sampling procedure according to the tables.

The maximum extent of a batch is seven days without change of material or dimension.

If a product fails in respect to any characteristics stated in tables 6, 7, 8 or C1 the batch shall be rejected or
the re-test procedure shall be performed for the characteristic on which the product failed.

The following procedures shall then be performed:


1. The latest product which fulfils all requirements specified in EN 12201 shall be traced.
2. Release all products which have been produced before this date and reject the products which
have been produced after this date.
3. Routines for handling deviating products shall be described in the manufacturer’s quality plan.

Table 6 – Characteristics of compounds and minimum sampling frequencies for BRT by the
compound manufacturer per production site
Number of
Reference to part and Minimum sampling Number of
Characteristic a measurements per
clause of EN 12201-2011 frequency samples
sample
Compound density 1-4.4 Once / batch /week 1 1

Carbon black content c 1-4.4 Once / batch / week 1 1


Carbon black dispersion c 1-4.4 Once / batch / week 1 6
d
Pigment dispersion 1-4.4 Once / batch / week 1 6
Oxidation induction time 1-4.4 Once / batch /week 1 1
Volatile content 1-4.4 Once / batch / week 1 1
Water content b 1-4.4 Once / batch /week 1 1
Melt mass flow rate 1-4.4 Once / batch /week 1 1
a The compound manufacturer shall provide a certificate of conformity for each delivery at the request of the component
manufacturer.
b Only applicable if the requirement for volatile content is not conformed to. In case of dispute the requirement for water content
shall apply.
c Only applicable for black compound.
d Only applicable for non-black compound.

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Table 7 – Characteristics and minimum sampling frequencies for BRT for pipes, including
coextruded pipes and pipes with peel-able layer by the pipe manufacturer per production site
Minimum sampling frequency
Reference to part Number of
Number of test
Characteristic b and clause of EN measurements
pieces a
12201:2011 per test piece

Appearance and colour 2-5.1/5.2 At start up and at change material and/or 1 1


colour. Then continuously, but no
registration.
Geometrical characteristics c 2-6 At start up and continuously or at least 1 1
every 8 h.
Hydrostatic strength 2-7.2 Once / production batch 1 1
80°C ≥165 h d
Oxidation induction time d e 2-8.2 Once / production batch 1 1
Melt mass flow rate d f 2-8.2 Once / production batch 1 1
Marking 2-11.2 At start up. Then continuously but no
registration
Additional tests for coextruded pipes
Delamination 2-B.6 After each relevant test
a The number of samples given in the table is the minimum. All samples shall pass the relevant tests.
b For peel-able layer pipes all characteristics are assessed on the base pipe without the layer except marking. Appearance, colour
and marking are assessed on the peel-able layer pipe with the layer.
c..An item is a coil or a straight length of pipe, as it is manufactured.
d..The manufacturer can choose between the hydrostatic strength test or oxidation induction time and melt mass flow rate as BRT.
e Test carried out on the bore surface. For coextruded pipes test inner/outer and each mid layer. Tests may be carried out at higher
temperatures by indirect testing, see Table 4 Note c of EN 12201-2:2011.
f Applicable for all layers of coextruded pipes.

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Table 8 – Characteristics and minimum sampling frequencies for BRT for fittings by the fitting
manufacturer per production site
Characteristic b Reference to Frequency Number of Number of
part and test pieces measurements
clause of EN per test piece
12201:2011
Appearance and colour c 3 - 5.1/5.3 At start of production, 1 1
Once per cavity, then once per 8 h
Electrical characteristics 3 – 5.4 Each fitting 1 1

(A) (B) c d

Geometrical characteristics 3-6 At start of production, once per cavity, then 1 1


c 1 sample per 8 h

Hydrostatic strength 3 - 7.3 At start up, once per batch per cavity, but at 1 1
80 °C;  165 h (A) (B) (C) e f least every 10 days
Evaluation of ductility of 3 - 7.3 At start up, once per batch per cavity, but at 1 1
fusion joint interface (B) g least every 10 days
Marking c 3 - 11 At start up once per cavity, then once per 1 1
shift
Fusion system recognition 3 – 11.4 Once per batch, but a least every 10 days 1 1
(A) (B) c

a The number of test pieces given in the table is the minimum. All test pieces shall pass the relevant tests.
b ..Tests applicable for (A), (B) and (C) type of fitting unless indicated otherwise.
(A) : Electro fusion socket fitting;
(B) : Electro fusion saddle fitting.
(C) : Spigot end fitting
c For multiple cavity moulds, a rotating sampling procedure between the cavities for testing during the shifts shall be considered.
The manufacturer shall give details in his quality plan accordingly.
d May be checked on a qualitative bases (pass – do not pass).
e Alternatively, for dn > 450 mm, the test can also be performed in air. In case of dispute, water in water shall be used.
f Test not applicable for size group 4.
g For size group 3 and 4 to be checked by strip-bend test according to ISO 21751.

8.3 Process Verification Test, PVT

Process verification testing is carried out by the producer and includes determination of the characteristics
stated in tables 9, 10 and 11 with the specified minimum sampling frequencies.

For fabricated fittings, process verification testing is given in Annex C.

For products which have been audit tested in the same period the process verification test does not need to be
repeated.

If the product does not conform to the requirements in respect of any characteristics in tables 9, 10, 11 or C1
the retest procedures detailed in the manufacturer’s quality plan shall be performed.

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Table 9 – Characteristics and minimum sampling frequencies for PVT, for the compound by the
compound manufacturer per production site
Characteristic Reference to Part Frequency Number of Number of
and clause of EN samples measurements
12201:2011 per sample
Classification a 1 - 4.6 Once / 2 years / compound 6 1
Resistance to slow 1 - 4.4.2 Once / compound / year 3 1
crack growth (dn: 110
mm SDR 11)
Resistance to Rapid 1 - 4.4.2 Once / compound / 2 years 1 1
crack propagation
(critical pressure, pc, ,)
(250 mm SDR 11 or
500 mm SDR 11)
a Check two stress levels at 20 °C as follows:
PE 80 at 10,0 MPa/100 h, 9,1 MPa/2500 h
PE 100 at 12,0 MPa/100 h, 11,1 MPa/2500 h
In addition every 8 years a test at 80 °C for PE 80 at 3,8 MPa/5000 h and for PE 100 at 4,8 MPa/5000 h shall be performed. Test
three test pieces on 1 diameter of size group 1 pipe. The corresponding time shall be exceeded without failure.

Table 10 – Characteristics and minimum sampling frequencies for PVT for the pipe, coextruded pipe
and peel-able layer pipe per production site
Characteristic e Reference to part Frequency Number of test Number of
and clause of EN pieces measurements
12201:2011 per test piece
Hydrostatic strength 2 - 7.2 Once/ size group / 1 1
80 °C;  165 h a b compound designation / month
Hydrostatic strength 2 - 7.2 Once / size group / 1 1
80 °C;  1000 h c compound designation / year
Oxidation induction 2-8.2 Once / size groups 2, 3 and 4 / 1 1
time a f compound designation / three months
Melt mass flow rate a g 2-8.2 Once / size group / 1 1
compound designation / three months
d
Longitudinal reversion 2 - 8.2 Once / size group / 3 1
compound designation /month

Additional tests for coextruded pipes


Integrity of the structure 2 – B.7 Once / size group / 1 1
after deflection compound designation / year
a If hydrostatic strength is determined as BRT then oxidation induction time and melt mass flow rate shall be performed as PVT and
vice versa.
b Rotate sizes, SDR and compound as applicable.
c Only performed if no AT is performed during the same period.
d Longitudinal reversion applicable to wall thickness ≤16 mm.
e For peel-able layer pipes all tests are performed on the base pipe without the layer.
f Test carried out on the bore surface. For coextruded pipes test inner/outer and each mid layer. Tests may be carried out at higher
temperatures by indirect testing, see Table 4 Note c of EN 12201-2:2011.
g Applicable for all layers of coextruded pipes.

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Table 11 – Characteristics and minimum sampling frequencies for PVT for fittings per production site
Characteristic a Reference to part and Frequency b c Number of test Number of
clause of EN 12201:2011 pieces measurements per
test piece
Hydrostatic strength 3 - 7.3 1 diameter /fitting 1 1
group/size group / year
80 °C;  1000 h
/ compound
ef
(A) (B) (C)
Decohesive resistance 3 - 7.3 1 diameter /fitting 1 1
(A) h group/size group
/year/compound
Evaluation of ductility 3 – 7.3 1 diameter / fitting 1 1
of fusion joint interface group/size group
(B) f g
/year/compound
Tensile test for butt 3 – 7.3 1 diameter equal or 1 1
fusion (C) bigger than DN 90 /
fitting group
/year/compound
Impact resistance (B) 3 – 7.3 1 diameter /fitting 1 1
group/size group
/year/compound
Short term internal 3 – 7.6 1 diameter /fitting 1 1
pressure resistance group/size group
(A) d i
/year/compound
Resistance to tensile 3 – 7.6 1 diameter /fitting 1 1
load (A) d i group/size group
/year/compound
a Tests applicable for (A), (B) and (C) type of fitting unless indicated otherwise.
(A) : Electro fusion fitting;
(B) : Electro fusion saddle fitting.
(C) : Spigot end fitting
b Change of product type, diameter and SDR every year to grant that all fittings are tested over a certain time period. Details shall
be given in the manufacturer’s quality plan.
c Result from audit tests should be regarded as PVTs.
d Only applicable if EN 12201-3:2011, clause 6.2.2. b) applies.
e For fittings type (B) of size group 3 and 4 alternative testing (e.g. pressuration through saddle inlet) is allowed.
f Alternatively, for dn > 450mm, the test can also be performed in air. In case of dispute, water in water shall be used.
g For size group 3 and 4 to be checked by the strip- bend test according to ISO 21751.
h Test sample may be mechanically reduced in wall thickness for testing purpose
i Test not applicable for size group 4

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8.4 Audit testing, AT

Audit testing is carried out by a testing laboratory on behalf of the certification body and includes
determination of the characteristics stated in tables 12, 13 and 14 with the specified minimum frequencies.

For fabricated fittings, Audit testing is given in Annex C.

Table 12 – Characteristics and minimum sampling frequencies for AT for the compound per
production site
Characteristic Reference to part Minimum sampling frequency Number of Number of
and clause of EN test samples measurements per
12201:2011 sample
Compound density 1-4.4 Once / compound / year 3 1

Carbon black content 1-4.4 Once / compound / year 3 1


Carbon black dispersion 1-4.4 Once / compound / year 1 6
Pigment dispersion 1-4.4 Once / compound / year 1 6
Oxidation induction time 1-4.4 Once / compound / year 3 1
Melt mass flow rate 1-4.4 Once / compound / year 3 1
Resistance to slow crack growth 1-4.4 Once / compound / year 1 1
(dn: 110 mm SDR 11)

Resistance to rapid crack growth 1-4.4 Once / compound / 5 years 1 1


(critical pressure, pc) (250 mm
SDR 11 or 500 mm SDR 11)
Classification a 1-4.6 Once / compound / 2 years 6 1

a Check two stress levels at 20 °C as follows:


PE 80 at 10,0 MPa/100 h, 9,1 MPa/2500 h
PE 100 at 12,0 MPa/100 h, 11,1 MPa/2500 h
In addition every 8 years a test at 80 °C for PE 80 at 3,8 MPa/5000 h and for PE 100 at 4,8 MPa/5000 h shall be performed. Test
three test pieces on 1 diameter of size group 1 pipe. The corresponding time shall be exceeded without failure.

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Table 13 – Characteristics and minimum sampling frequencies for AT for pipes, including coextruded
pipes and peel-able layer pipes per production site
Characteristic d Reference to part Minimum sampling frequency Number of Number of
a
and clause of test pieces measurements
EN 12201:2011 per test piece
Effect on water quality National regulations and check that only DW National regulations
approved compounds have been used
Appearance and colour 2-5.1/5.2 Once / size group / 1 1
compound designation / year
Geometrical 2-6 Once / size group / 1 1
characteristics compound designation / year
Hydrostatic strength 2-7.2 Once / size group / SDR / 3 test pieces of 1
80°C ≥1000 h c compound designation / year size group 1
and 2
1 test piece of
size group 3
and 4
Elongation at break c 2-7.2 Once / size group / Number of 1
compound designation / year samples shall
conform to EN
ISO 6259-1
Oxidation induction time 2-8.2 Once / size group / 3 1
compound designation / year
Melt mass flow rate 2-8.2 Once / size group / 1 1
(MFR) compound designation / year
Longitudinal reversion b 2-8.2 Once / size group / 3 1
compound designation / year
Marking 2-10.2 Once / size group / year 1 1
a Rotate sizes and SDR every year. Max number of samples per year: PE 80 and PE 100: 6
b Longitudinal reversion is applicable to wall thickness ≤ 16 mm.
c For coextruded pipes test samples from the hydrostatic strength and elongation at break tests shall be examined after testing for
any delamination, see EN 12201-2, clause B.6
d All tests except marking are applied to the base pipe of peel-able layer pipes. Appearance, colour and marking are also assessed
for peel-able layer pipes with the layer included.

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Table 14 – Characteristics and minimum sampling frequencies for AT for fittings per production site
Characteristic a Reference to Minimum sampling frequency b Number of Number of
part and test pieces measurements
clause of per test piece
EN 12201:2011
Effect on water quality National regulations and check that only DW National regulations
approved compounds have been used
Appearance and colour 3-5.1/5.2 Once / size group / year 1 1

Electrical characteristics (A) (B) 3 – 5.3 Each fitting taken out for AT - 1
Geometrical characteristics 3-6 One diameter/fitting group / size group /
1 1
year/compound
Hydrostatic strength (A) (B) (C) 3-7.3 One diameter/fitting group/ / size group / 3 test pieces of 1
year/compound designation size group 1
80°C ≥1000 h cf and 2
1 test piece of
size group 3
and 4
Decohesive resistance (A) 3-7.3 One diameter/ size group/year/compound 1 1
designation
Evaluation of ductility of fusion 3-7.3 One diameter/ size group/year/compound 1 1
joint interface (B) d e designation
Tensile strength for butt fusion 3-7.3 One diameter/size group 3 / year/compound 1 1
(C) designation
Impact resistance type (B) g 3-7.3 Once/size group / year/compound 1 1
Marking 3-10.3 All products included in the audit test 1 1
a Tests applicable for (A), (B) and (C) type of fitting unless indicated otherwise.
(A) : Electro fusion socket fitting
(B) : Electro fusion saddle fitting
(C) : Spigot end fitting.
b Change of, diameter and SDR every visit to grant that all fittings are tested over a certain period.
c For fittings type (B) of size group 3 and 4 alternative testing (e.g. pressuration through saddle inlet) is allowed.
d Test sample may be mechanically reduced in wall thickness for testing purpose.
e For size group 3 and 4 to be checked by the strip- bend test according to ISO 21751.
f Alternatively, for dn > 450 mm, the test can also be performed in air. In case of dispute, water in water shall be used.
g Test not applicable for size group 4.

9 ANNEXES
Annex A Inspection bodies and test laboratories
Annex B National and Nordic marking
Annex C Testing and inspection of fabricated fittings
Annex D Minimum content of an installation manual for electro fusion fittings

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ANNEX A

This annex forms part of the Specific Rules.

INSPECTION BODIES AND TEST LABORATORIES


1 Inspection Body

An inspection body, which fulfils the requirements stated in ISO 17020, shall assess the manufacturer’s
internal routines specified in clauses 4.1.2 and 4.3.1.

The certification body is responsible for the evaluation of the inspection body.

2 Test laboratories

Type testing and audit testing of compounds, plastic pipes and fittings for certification in conformity with
the requirements in EN 12201 shall be performed by a testing laboratory accredited according to ISO
17025.

The accreditation shall include the testing standards stated in EN 12201.

In case a testing laboratory is not accredited to test one or more characteristics, these tests can be
accepted as non-accredited after agreement with INSTA-CERT.

3 Organisations approved for inspection (I) and testing (P):

Norner AS (I) Inspecta Sertifiointi Oy (I)


Asdalstrand 291 Sörnäistenkatu 2
NO-3962 Stathelle P.O Box 1000
Tel.: +47 35 57 80 00 FI-00581 Helsinki
www.norner.no Tel.:+358 10 521 6720
www.inspecta.com

SP Certifiering (I) Dancert A/S (I)


Box 857 Gregersenvej 4
SE-515 15 Borås DK-2630 Taastrup
Tel.:+46 10 516 50 00 Tel.:+45 72 20 21 60
www.sp.se www.dancert.dk

SP-Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut (P/I) VTT Expert services Ltd (P/I)


Box 24036 P.O. Box 1001
SE-400 22 Göteborg FI-02044 VTT
Tel.:+ 46 10 516 50 00 Tel.:+ 358 20 722 111
www.sp.se www.vtt.fi

DTI-Danish Technological Institute, (P/I)


Energy and Climate
VA Testing and Inspection
Kongsvang Alle 29
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Tel.:+ 45 72 20 20 00
www.dti.dk

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ANNEX B

This annex forms part of the Specific Rules.

Below please find the conformity marks for products according to the present
INSTA-CERT SBC.

and if relevant and/or

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ANNEX C

This annex forms part of the Specific Rules.

Testing and inspection of fabricated fittings

C.1 Grouping

For the purpose of this Annex, the groups specified in 3 apply.

C.2 Testing and inspection

The pipes used for manufacturing of fabricated fittings shall be certified by INSTA-CERT according to EN
12201-2. The testing and inspection described in Table C.1 must be fulfilled.

Table C.1 Testing of swept bends and segmented fittings


Characteristic Reference to part Type testing BRT PVT AT
and clause of
EN 12201:2011
Swept bends
Appearance 3 – Annex B Once per size group At start up and once N.A Once per size
per production group
batch
Colour 3 – Annex B Once per size group At start up and once N.A Once per size
per production group
batch
Geometrical 3 – Annex B Once per size group At start up and once N.A Once per size
characteristics per production group
batch
Marking 3 – Annex B Once per size group At start up and once N.A Once per size
per production group
batch
Segmented fittings
Appearance 3 – Annex B Once per size group At start up and once N.A Once per size
per production group
batch
Colour 3 – Annex B Once per size group At start up and once N.A Once per size
per production group
batch
Geometrical 3 – Annex B Once per size group At start up and once N.A Once per size
Characteristics per production group
batch
Hydrostatic strength 3 – Annex B Once per size group N.A Once per size Once per size
20° - 100 h group/year group
Hydrostatic strength 3 – Annex B Once per size group N.A Once per size Once per size
80° - 1000 h group/year group
Tensile strength 3 – Annex B Once per size group N.A Once per size Once per size
group/year group
Marking 3 – Annex B Once per size group At start up and once N.A Once per size
per production group
batch

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ANNEX D

This annex forms part of the Specific Rules.

Minimum content of an installation manual for electro fusion fittings

1. Check of incoming goods


2. Tolerances on pipes and electro fusion incl. ovality/out of roundness and if applicable, maximum
gap
3. Weather conditions including temperature range with or without tent etc.
4. Recommended welding tool/equipment and if applicable, special equipment
5. Preparation of pipe ends using recommended scraper tools to remove contamination and oxidation
6. Welding procedure including:
 Insertion depth,
 Alignment of the pipe and the fitting/Clamping equipment
 Re-rounding device for bigger pipe diameters
 Pre-heating, if applicable
 Heating and cooling time if not available on the fitting
 End control of the weld/assembly

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