BISHTA logoTo support their members and the wider wet leisure

industry, BISHTA and SPATA work together to ensure that they are represented across Europe, both for networking with other national pool and spa associations in EUSA and also in the development of European Standards.


SPATA logoThrough these contacts, it is easier to be aware of (and share news about) forthcoming consultations and to strengthen alliances at home and abroad.


Reporting on the latest updates on European standards, there are proposed revisions to some of the standards for domestic pool construction and installation (the EN 16582 series) and also to the domestic pool water filtration, circulation and treatment standards (the EN 16713 series). The comments will be discussed at the next meeting of the relevant CEN Technical Committee (TC 402) planned for Helsinki on 5th September.

The domestic spa and hot tub standard (EN 17125) is now available for public consultation (called a ‘CEN Public Enquiry’), and the industry has until 3rd August to make any comments known to BISHTA and the BSI.

The next meeting of the Working Group that is developing this standard (TC 402 WG4) is planned for 12th – 14th September in Berlin.

After the EN 17125 standard is finished, this is due to be the last of the planned Standards currently being undertaken by TC 402 for the next couple of years. However, there is plenty to keep the industry ‘on its toes’ regarding European Standards, as there are commercial (public) pool standards to be revised for both swimming pool equipment (the EN 13451 series) and the design and operation of (commercial) swimming pools (the EN 15288 series).

Still, on a European theme, some of the British Pool & Hot Tub Award Winners will be shortlisted to represent the UK at the 2017 EUSA European Pool & Spa Awards. These awards are to be presented at SPATEX 2018, as part of the Industry Gala Dinner featuring the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards and the re-presentation of the ISPE Awards. The list of companies shortlisted are expected to be named in the summer, we wish the best of luck to all of the British entries for this year’s EUSA Awards.