Catalog of Drinking Water-related Products in China(2011)

For the purpose of strengthening the management and supervision of drinking water related products in China, the Catalog of drinking water-related products was released on 22nd September 2011 by the Ministry of Health of China. The Catalog has replaced previous version issued in 2007.

Any products that fall within the scope of this Catalog are considered as drinking water-related product in China. Any companies who plan to place drinking water-related products on Chinese market must apply for and obtain a hygiene license. Any foreign companies wishing to obtain a hygiene license must appoint a Chinese Responsible Agent to deal with this application.

Any products outside the scope of this catalog are forbidden to be used as the drinking water-related products.

Drinking water-related products refer to transmission and distribution equipment, protective material, water treatment material, water treatment device and other new materials and chemical substances which will contact drinking water during the production and supply of drinking water.

The Catalog of Drinking Water Related Products

Category I: Transmission and distribution equipment

  • Tubular products and pipe fitting
  • Storage container
  • Non-negative pressure water supply device
  • Water dispensers
  • Seal material


Category II: Protective material

  • Epoxy resin coating
  • Polyester coating (including alkyd resin)
  • Acrylic acid resin coating
  • Polyurethane coatings


Category III: Physical treatment

  • Activated carbon
  • Activated alumina
  • Ceramic
  • Molecular sieve (Zeolite)
  • Manganese sand
  • Meltblown polypropylene (PP cotton)
  • Copper-zinc alloy (KDF)
  • Microfiltration membranes
  • Ultrafiltration membranes
  • Nanofiltration
  • Reverse osmosis membranes
  • Ion exchange resin
  • Iodine resin


Category IV: Chemical Treatment

  • Flocculant and Coagulant aids

Polyaluminum chloride (basic aluminum chloride, hydroxy-aluminum chloride), ferric sulfate, ferrous sulfate, ferric chloride, aluminum chloride, aluminum sulfate (alum), polyacrylamide, sodium silicate (water glass) and their ready-mixture products.

  • Scale Inhibitor

Phosphate, silicate and their ready-mixture products

  • Disinfectant

Sodium hypochlorite, chlorine dioxide, potassium permanganate, hydrogen peroxide

Category V: Drinking water treatment device

  • Treatment device with tap-water source

Activated carbon water purifier, coarse filter water purifier, microfiltration water purifier, ultrafiltration water purifier, demineralized water purifier, ion exchange device, distilled water device, electrodialysis water device, reverse osmosis water purifier, nanofiltration water purification and so on.

  • Treatment device with ground water and/or surface water source (Water flux ≤ 25m3 per hour)
  • Drinking water disinfection device

Chlorine dioxide generator, ozone generator, hypochlorite generator, ultraviolet disinfection

Category VI: Other new materials and chemical substances to be in contact with drinking water that not listed in previous 5 categories are also considered as drinking water-related products.

About the Author

David Wan is the head of regulatory affairs team for pesticides and disinfectants in CIRS. David Wan graduated from Zhejiang University with Master Degree in life science. He has developed 4 years of consulting experience in chemical regulatory compliance, particularly in areas such as EU REACH, pesticide and biocide regulation compliance in China & Europe.


  • Mr David Wan, China Office
    11F Building 1, Dongguan Hi-Tech Park, 1288 Chunbo Road, Binjiang District, Hangzhou 310052, China
    Tel: +86-571 8720 6555 | Fax: +86-571 8720 6533

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