Guide

Weights and measures enforcement

Introduction

UK manufacturers of measuring instruments need to comply with UK and European Union (EU) legislation, including the new approach standardisation. These harmonise the trade and use of measuring instruments across the EU by ensuring that instruments are manufactured to the same criteria and standards of quality.

Measuring instruments approved under the Directives results in instruments being marked with a CE conformity mark by their manufacturers, meaning that they can be sold and used in any EU country. Regulatory Delivery has a duty to establish that any measuring instruments bearing this mark comply with the legislation.

This guide explains how weights and measurement standards are enforced in the UK. It describes the process of enforcement, who can carry out assessment of equipment and which regulatory bodies are involved.