September 24, 2019
By Chian Haw YONG, ASEAN Global Market Access lead
The Malaysia National Water Services Commission (SPAN in Malay) had introduced a voluntary Water Efficient Products Labeling Scheme (WEPLS) in 2016, and based on media news, SPAN is currently drafting laws to mandate this labeling requirement.
WEPLS covers water use products such as water taps and mixers, water closets, urinal equipment, showerheads and clothes washing machines.
The evaluation and tick rating criteria are summarized in the below table for washing machines.
Water use products
Clothes Washing Machine
Excluding the performance test specified in 8.2
12 < v ≤ 15
9 < v ≤ 12
v ≤ 9
The WEPLS products are rated according to its water consumption based on the 3-star rating system. WEPLS label is available in the following versions, to be affixed or hanged on the products.
The WEPLS label displays the following keys information:
- Star rating indicating its water efficiency
- WEPLS registration number
- Product information such as brand, model and water consumption
SPAN is targeting to complete the draft regulation by 2019 and then submit to Malaysia Parliament for approval. There will be a transition period given from voluntary to mandatory once it is officially mandated.
How UL can help:
We can help with testing and submission of WEPLS on behalf of manufacturers for voluntary labeling. We can also monitor and keep manufacturers informed about the mandatory implementation. For more information, email us at Applianceinfo@UL.com.
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