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Consultation on new European Union measuring instruments framework

Consultation on the alignment of European Union Single Market Directives.

Consultation on new European Union (EU) measuring instruments framework

On 4 August 2015 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Health and Safety Executive published the consultation document ‘Alignment of nine EU Single Market Directives with the New Legislative Framework: Consultation on UK implementation’.

2 of the 9 Directives aligned are the Non-automatic Weighing Instruments (2014/31/EU) and the Measuring Instruments (2014/32/EU) Directives, for which the National Measurement and Regulation Office have policy responsibility.

The Directives implement the text of EU Decision 768/2008/EC and make reference to Regulation 765/2008/EC on accreditation and market surveillance. Together this creates a more coherent legislative framework for the marketing of products in the EU Internal Market; providing improved traceability and clearer requirements on economic operators, greater accountability in the designation and consistency of performance between notified bodies, and the alignment of conformity procedures and commonly used definitions within the conformity assessment process.

The New Legislative Framework does not revise sector-specific elements of existing Directives; no changes have been made to the scope or essential requirements.

The UK has an obligation by EU law to transpose the Directives into national legislation, coming into force on 20 April 2016. The consultation explains the forthcoming changes and makes available draft copies of the implementing legislation.

To view the documents and respond to this consultation please click here.

The consultation closes on 29 September 2015.