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Measuring instruments - Directive 2009/34/EC

Simplification of 8 legal metrology directives

Directive 2011/17/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2011 repeals 8 Old Approach Directives in the following sectors:

  • Cold Water Meters for Non-Clean Water (repealed with effect from 1/12/2015 after which there will be a 10 year transition period)
  • Alcohol Meters and Alcohol Tables (repealed with effect from 1/12/2015 after which there will be a 10 year transition period)
  • Medium and Above-Medium Accuracy Weights (repealed with effect from 1/12/2015 after which there will be a 10 year transition period)
  • Tyre Pressure Gauges for Motor Vehicles (repealed with effect from 1/12/2015 after which there will be a 10 year transition period)
  • Standard Mass of Grain and (repealed with effect from 1/12/2015 after which there will be a 10 year transition period)
  • Calibration of Ship Tanks (repealed with effect from 1/7/2011 after which there will be a 10 year transition period)

The public consultation, a consultant study for the Commission and a final check with Member States show that there are no barriers to trade in the sectors. This is notably the case for technological innovative products which are not covered by the directives.
Without barriers to trade, the impact assessment concludes there is no reason to harmonise. Moreover, repeal will have no major effects given that there exist international standards. These can serve as a basis for regulation by Member States, if needed, under the acceptance of mutual recognition. The proposal by the Commission is to repeal the 8 old approach directives.

Directive 2009/34/EC and Specific Directives:
  • Directive 2009/34/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 relating to common position for both measuring instruments and methods of metrological control, which is the codification replacing Council Directive 71/316/EEC of 26 July 1971 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to common provisions for both measuring instruments and methods of metrological control.
  • Council Directive 86/217/EEC of 26 May 1986 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to tyre pressure gauges for motor vehicles
  • Council Directive 76/766/EEC of 27 July 1976 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to alcohol tables
  • Council Directive 76/765/EEC of 27 July 1976 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to alcoholometers and alcohol hydrometers.
  • Council Directive 75/33/EEC of 17 December 1974 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to cold-water meters
  • Council Directive 74/148/EEC of 4 March 1974 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to weights of from 1 mg to 50 kg of above-medium accuracy
  • Council Directive 71/349/EEC of 12 October 1971 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the calibrating of the thanks of vessels
  • Council Directive 71/347/EEC of 12 October 1971 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the measuring of the standard mass per storage volume of grain.
  • Council Directive 71/317/EEC of 26 July 1971 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to 5 to 50 kilogramme medium accuracy rectangular bar weights and 1 to 10 kilogramme medium accuracy cylindrical weights.

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