This guidance covers material length measures in use for trade covered by the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) that have been put on the market on or after 1 October 2006. It is addressed to organisations that are required to comply with weights and measures law.
The Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016 came into force on 28 December 2016 under the New Legislative Framework (NLF), a common set of principles developed to improve the European internal market. The regulations focus on making procedures more consistent. They replace the Measuring Instruments (Material Measures of Length) Regulations 2006, but the existing technical requirements are unchanged, so this guidance remains relevant.