Plastic pipe systems have now become well established throughout Europe and many parts of the world for the conveyance of drinking water. The unique combination of ease of installation together with excellent lifetime performance characteristics, has been the basis for the increasing use of plastics in place of more traditional materials. In Europe, plastic pipe systems now account for well over 50% of pipes used for water supply inside buildings. In water distribution networks, plastics have now typically become the material of choice over a wide range of dimensions.

TEPPFA recognises water as our most precious resource, and is totally committed to ensure that the plastic pipe systems installed to convey drinking water will maintain the quality of water whilst at the same time avoiding loss. To this end, TEPPFA member companies are working to maintain and further develop technical standards for the quality and performance of their products. Association members are active in national and international standardisation groups as well as having  seats at a number of important European Union forums where regulations are being formulated. In particular, the harmonisation of good test methods, the setting of appropriate performance requirements and the implementation of positive lists of materials are all seen to be key in protecting the quality of our drinking water and the health of the people of the world.