Non-automatic weighing instruments

Guidance for organisations that are required to comply with weights and measures law for non-automatic weighing instruments.


Non-automatic weighing instrument guidance

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This guidance on the Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016 includes obligations for economic operators (manufacturers, their authorised representatives, importers and distributors), conformity assessment bodies and market surveillance authorities. The regulations came into force on 28 December 2016 under the New Legislative Framework (NLF), which aims to create a more coherent and consistent legal framework for the marketing of products in the EU. This guidance supersedes the previous specific guidance relating to the implementation of the NLF for these regulations published on 30 August 2017, now removed from GOV.UK.

Published 2 July 2012
Last updated 28 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. This new guidance on the 2016 Regulations will help bring greater clarity to UK business and local weights and measures enforcement authorities when interpreting the 2016 Regulations.
  2. Page updated to reflect the commencement of the Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016.
  3. The guidance has been updated to reflect the removal of all references to the 'old approach' Directive 74/148/EEC concerning above-medium accuracy weights courtesy of the Weights & Measures (Revocations) Regulations 2015, coming into force on 1 December 2015. Regulation 8 ‘appropriate equipment for tests’ has been completely removed with the guidance explaining in detail the appropriate weights to be used. Further updates include new references to the harmonised standard EN45501:2015 and guidance on non-automatic measuring instruments used for Quantitative Ingredients Declaration.
  4. First published.