PWTAG has a membership drawn from a wide range of relevant statutory, voluntary and professional organisations with an interest in pool water treatment and pool users.
The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group is dedicated solely to raising standards in the pursuit of excellent, healthy bathing conditions in swimming, spa, hydrotherapy, and other pools; also interactive water features. For over 30 years, PWTAG has provided the industry's definitive guidelines in print and online. In the absence of statutory guidance, PWTAG's guidelines are widely viewed as best practice; they have been quoted in court where successful prosecutions under health and safety legislation has resulted following evidence that the guidelines have not been followed.
Given the unique influence, it is important that PWTAG conducts itself in a way that maintains the integrity of its position and protects it from significant criticism.
PWTAG Council members are elected, as the Constitution states, on the understanding that they: 'hold appropriate qualifications and by their expertise, experience and attainments are able to contribute to satisfying the objectives of PWTAG'. Accordingly, members are required to sign up to a commitment to making such a contribution. This commitment will also include the following code of conduct.
1. All members shall present a statement of possible conflicts of interest; this forms a registration of interests, held by the secretariat and available for inspection.
2. Members shall take part in PWTAG meetings as a corporate member, rather than representing their own personal interest. The over-riding emphasis of such contributions shall be the improvement of standards and public health.
3. In general, members and technical advisers and its administration must restrict themselves, in public comment associated with the Group's work, to their specialist areas.
4. In public statements about the Group's view, they must be solely and accurately reflect and accurately reflect what the Group has formally decided and what it has published. Where possible, such statements are to be approved by the chair.
5. Where personal, corporate or commercial views are expressed, it should not be stated or implied that they represent the Group's position.