The labelling of prepackages and their contents must indicate the weight or volume they contain in a harmonised way and under specific metrological conditions. There are 2 major pieces of legislation on standardised filling in this sector: on filling packages and on glass bottles. Both laws are widely applied in the EU and fully recognised by national authorities.

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The legislation was evaluated by the Commission in a report of 4 July 2016:

Filling packages

Under Directive 76/211/EEC packers and importers have the option to fill prepackages 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).

Public consultation on packaging (2005)

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.