There are 2 major pieces of legislation on standardised filling in this sector. Both are widely applied in the EU and fully recognised by national authorities.
Under Directive 76/211/EEC , packers and importers have the option to fill pre-packages according to a standardised method.
Such pre-packed products can then be freely marketed throughout the EU. They are recognisable by the large e-mark on the label or packaging, next to the indication of quantity (volume or weight).
Directive 75/107/EEC offers manufacturers the option to produce harmonised glass bottles used as measuring containers. This is indicated on the bottom of such bottles with a reversed epsilon marking (“З”) next to the indication of quantity (volume).
Following its 2005 consultation of stakeholders – and subsequent discussion in the WELMEC – the Commission concluded that no further changes in EU law were needed, because the issues identified could be dealt with by guidance.
Directive 2009/34/EC – measuring instruments & metrological control methods
Directive 76/211/EEC – making-up pre-packaged products (by weight or volume)
Directive 75/107/EEC – bottles used as measuring containers