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Legal metrology and pre-packaging

Measuring instruments are essential to ensure accuracy of measurement, notably for transactions by consumers and industry in every day life: examples include water meters, taximeters, electricity meters and weighing machines. The EU legislation promotes rapid technological innovation and choice in conformity assessment procedures.

In 2009 the European Commission has given a mandate pdf - 782 KB [782 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr) to CEN, CENELEC and ETSI in the field of measuring instruments to create European standards that will enable interoperability of utility meters (water, gas, electricity, heat) and then enhance energy efficiency and user empowerment.

Pre-packages consist of product and packaging materials. The contents of pre-packages must be measured in order to quantify the amount of product inside. That is where metrology plays a role. It allows producers and authorities to accurately check the sizes and weights of all pre-packed products such as detergents, pet food, ice cream, frozen food, low alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, cleaning products, paints, shampoo, and toothpaste.
For wine and alcohol the EU prescribes the sizes of pre-packed products allowed.

Units of measurement are essential in everyday life to ensure transactions and to protect health and safety.

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