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Legal metrology and pre-packaging

Pre-packaging

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.

Filling packages

Under Directive 76/211/EEC български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) , 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).

Glass bottles

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).

2005 consultation

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.

Report on 2005 packaging consultation

Metrological requirements of pre-packages – 2005 consultation document

Business impact analysis on conformity assessment in pre-packages

Legislation

Directive 2009/34/EC български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) – measuring instruments & metrological control methods

Directive 76/211/EEC български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) – making-up pre-packaged products (by weight or volume)

Directive 75/107/EEC български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) – bottles used as measuring containers

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