EUSA, The European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations, was established in 2003 and its articles filed in 2006.
To date, the Association brings together 13 national professional pool associations based in 13 European countries (* see list at the end of this article). These associations work together to prepare technical documents, then standards, exchange statistics and figures relating to the evolution of the market in Europe.
Each year, EUSA communicates the European market figures and a presentation on the European market was made during the last Piscine Global exhibition.
Last year, it presented the figures at the Barcelona exhibition which was also the place for the presentation of the European awards.
In 2014, 86 projects originating from 6 different countries were entered for the EUSA competition, and 16 prizes in 5 categories were awarded. In 2015, 79 projects from 8 countries have been entered for the 2015 awards.
The results were announced at the Barcelona exhibition during the gala dinner on 14th October. EUSA will look forward to seeing you at this major annual event of the association, which will be held each year at a different trade show, allowing each country to host the event.
Evolving, monitoring and influencing European regulations are now an integral part of EUSA’s actions. A joint EUSA - Europumps working group has been set up to ensure that the Eco-design regulations concerning the energy efficiency of pumps, is not too stringent where pool pumps are concerned.
Samuel THIOLLIER leads this working group and has already met with the consultant in Brussels. The first meeting of this group was held in October with representatives of the various national associations.
As far as European standardization goes, EUSA is liaising with the TC 402 for domestic swimming pools and spas and with the TC 136 regarding the standards for public pools. EUSA members are following the evolution of the European standards closely and the first of them, regarding the structure of domestic swimming pools, was published at the end of 2015.
Standards on filtration, water circulation and treatment of water will be published in the course of 2016.
The first European standard for domestic spas is being drawn up and EUSA has helped bring in funding from several countries in order to finance the secretariat of the European working group, which is advancing steadily and could lead shortly to the publication of the standard in 2016 or 2017.
The presidency of EUSA moves on this year for the first time to a smaller country, that was not an initial member: Greece. The Greek President Mr. Andreas Petridis and the Greek Association (SEEPY) will try to continue the good job done by the previous associations and hopefully will manage to increase the members of EUSA.
Member countries, their associations and Chairmen :
Greece: Association of Greek Enterprises of Pool and Hydromassage (SEEPY) - Andreas PETRIDIS.
France: Fédération des Professionnels de la Piscine (FPP) - Gilles MOUCHIROUD.
Portugal: Associacao Portuguesa de Profissionais de Piscinas (APP) - José TAVARES DOS SANTOS.
Italy: Associazione Italiana Costruttori Piscine (Assopiscine) – Ivano PELOSIN.
UK: British Swimming Pool Federation Limited (BSPF) – Alex KEMSLEY.
Germany: Bundesverband Schwimmbad & Wellness e.V. (bsw) – Dietmar ROGG.
Spain: Federación de Asociaciones de Fabricantes de Equipo y Constructores de Piscinas, Saunas y Spas (ASOFAP) – Pedro ARREBOLA CONDE.
Hungary: Magyar Uszodatechnikai Egyesület (MUE) – Gabor TAKACS.
Austria: Österreichischer Verband des Schwimmbad- und Saunawirtschaft (ÖVS)
Sweden: Svenska Badbranschen (SBB) – Mille ÖRNMARK.
Switzerland: Swiss association of Water and Swimming Pool Technologie – Urs RICHLI.
Romania: Romanian Swimming Pool and Wellness Association (APPW) – Serban MOROIANU.
Belgium: Belgian Swimming Pool Association (BSPA) - Joeri DILS.