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Legal metrology training and international consultancy

Legal metrology training, support of national competency for UK trading standards officers, and international consultancy services.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (Safety & Standards) provides support for national and international organisations that are required by law to have members of staff who are competent in legal metrology. This service is divided into 3 key components:

  1. legal metrology training
  2. national competency for UK trading standards officers
  3. support for countries developing a legal metrology infrastructure

Manufacturers, trading standards and businesses that are required by law to have competent weights and measures staff can receive a variety of training from Safety & Standards. Topics include:

  • the requirements of the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID),
    • testing of fuel dispensers and bulk fuel systems in accordance to the requirements of the MID
  • the requirements of the Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments (NAWI) Directive
    • testing of retail/bench scales and weighbridges in accordance to the requirements of NAWI
  • the requirements of the Packaged Goods Regulations (PGR)
    • testing in accordance to the requirements of the PGR

If an organisation would prefer to hold bespoke training on legal metrology at its own premises, then Safety & Standards is also able to provide a trainer with an established history of working in the required area of legal metrology .

Please contact Safety & Standards to discuss your training requirements and to request a quotation.

National competency of UK trading standards officers

Safety & Standards provides support to the UK trading standards community through the provision of a series of national training courses, which are aimed at improving competency of inspectors of weights and measures. The courses are run in regional rotation, with all regions being covered (including Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England totalling 27 locations over the next financial year). These courses are accredited and count towards a trading standards officer’s (TSO’s) continuous professional development (CPD). All TSO and DCATS competency training and courses will gain TSI approved CPD (5 hours).

Safety & Standards is also responsible for hosting the weights and measures practical and oral elements of the diploma in consumer affairs and trading standards (DCATS) examinations, which trainee trading standards officers are required to pass to allow them to become qualified inspectors of weights and measures. Upon gaining the appropriate assessment, candidates will obtain a Section 73 Certificate from the Secretary of State.

Find out more about the latest RD training schedule for national competency 2017 (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 13.1KB) , and email David Templeton to reserve a place on one of the courses.

Support for countries developing a legal metrology infrastructure

Safety & Standards provides support to other countries that are looking to develop their legal metrology infrastructure, helping them to develop their legislation, physical capability and to adopt best practice.

The expertise and position of Safety & Standards as the UK’s national legal metrology provider enables us to work with countries to help develop the skills and knowledge needed to trade and work within recognised parameters using recognised legal frameworks and protocols, so enabling trade and commercial opportunity and recognition.

Courses can be from 1 day to 2 weeks duration, depending on the range of topics required. These topics typically include:

  • legal metrology systems
  • national measurement systems
  • international committees
  • european standards committees
  • basic mass and length measurements
  • some calibration services
  • verification of weighing and measuring instruments
  • hallmarking

Safety & Standards also has strong links to national scientific metrology partners in the UK which include The British Standards Institution (BSI), The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Safety & Standards, along with these partners, oversees standardisation, testing and measurement, and certification and accreditation in the UK as part of the UK’s National Quality Infrastructure (UKQI).

Longer term EU funded collaborations and partnerships are also being undertaken. Countries that have benefited from this approach include Iraq and Egypt.

Who to contact at Safety & Standards

If you would like further information regarding any of these services please write to:

Legal metrology training courses and international consultancy services
Anne Kearney
Office for Product Safety and Standards
Stanton Avenue
Teddington
Middlesex
TW11 0JZ

opss.training@beis.gov.uk

020 8943 7216

Published 29 May 2015
Last updated 10 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. Attachment for Trading Standards Officers legal metrology training schedule 2017 has been updated.
  2. The attachment for the 2017 Trading Standards Officers Legal Metrology training programme schedule has been updated.
  3. Dates have been added to the NMRO training schedule.
  4. Update to National Competency Training Project 2015 for TSOs timetable
  5. Update to NMRO training schedule for national competency 2015-2017.
  6. Update to NMRO training schedule for national competency 2015-2017.
  7. Amended to include link to news item on UK Quality Infrastructure and how developing and transition economies benefit.
  8. First published.