Gv’t, IAPMO sign MOU to develop plumbing codes and standards

Amman– The Ministry of Public Works and Housing (MOPWH), the Jordanian National Building Council (JNBC), the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ), and the Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO), on Tuesday, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), to enhance water/sanitation infrastructure in the Kingdom through the continued development and enforcement of plumbing codes and standards.

Minister of Public Works and Housing, Sami Halaseh affirmed that the signing of the MOU marks the consolidation of a true partnership with IAPMO.

He emphasized that this is an opportunity to further develop the Jordanian plumbing code and national standards in addition to product certification and personnel certification of plumbers and inspectors on plumbing systems that can assist Jordan in contributing to solutions dealing with water scarcity.

Hansen stated that IAPMO and Jordan have long engaged in a fruitful collaboration and strong partnership, and now with the signing of this new MOU with JSMO, MOPH and WAJ takes this partnership to the next step. He highlighted that the parties are thrilled to work together to ensure that strong, water-saving product standards are imbedded into technical regulations, to establish a robust conformity assessment scheme to protect the Jordan from inferior, counterfeit products, and to update Jordan’s plumbing code.

IAPMO pledges to work with JSMO and other government stakeholders in mandating water efficient plumbing regulations and product standards, provide technical assistance in developing conformity assessment schemes and processes that meet international best practices, provide the most recent edition of the UPC to JNBC and JSMO to officials updating Jordan’s codes, and assist in the development of personnel certification criteria for a skilled workforce and competent inspection officials.

Minister Halaseh, JSMO Director General, Haydar Al Zaben, WAJ Secretary General, Malik Rawashdeh and IAPMO Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Dain Hansen signed the MOU.

Source: Jordan News Agency