There are three types of water which can be bottled (packaged). Choose a category of water below to access more information about the water type:
|Bottled Water - The Differences||Natural Mineral Water||Spring Water||Other Water|
|Recognised by responsible authority||Yes||No||No|
|Hydrogeologist report required||Yes||No||No|
|Bottled at source||Yes||Yes||No|
|Information on where the spring is exploited and the name of the spring||Yes||Yes||No|
|Include a statement of analytical composition on the label||Yes||No||No|
|Constant mineral composition||Yes||No||No|
Importation of bottled water
There are no restrictions on the importation of bottled water from outside the EU, other than that the bottled water meets the relevant legal requirements set out in the sections above and are labelled in accordance with EU rules including, where appropriate, those contained in Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011. Health certificates are not required.
Production of bottled water in Ireland is subject to compliance with European Communities (Hygiene of foodstuffs) Regulations, 2006 (S.I. No. 369 of 2006) which gives effect to Regulation 852/2004/EC on the hygiene of foodstuffs. You can find more information on the hygiene rules in our legislation section.
Standards and guides
The National Standards Authority of Ireland has produced a standard titled Irish Standard IS 432:2010, Packaged groundwater which covers water that is placed in a sealed container or package and is offered for sale, or supply for human consumption. Compliance with this standard is voluntary on the part of producers.
This standard can be purchased from the NSAI directly at www.standards.ie or by calling 01 8576730
Codex Alimentarius has published a number of Codes of Practice which are relevant to bottled water :
- Codex Standard for Natural Mineral Waters (108 - 1981 Rev. 1 1997)
- Recommended International Code of Hygienic Practice for the Collecting, Processing and Marketing of Natural Mineral Waters (CAC/RCP 33-1985)
- General Standard for Bottled/Packaged Drinking Waters (other than Natural Mineral Waters) (227-2001)
- Code of Hygienic Practice for Bottled/Packaged Drinking Waters (other then Natural Mineral Waters) (CAC/RCP 48-2001)
The above standards are available for download from the Codex website.