Business and enterprise – guidance

Measuring container bottles: register a manufacturer's mark

Register a new manufacturer's mark and access a list of approved and inactive measuring container bottles (MCB) marks.

Measuring container bottles

Measuring container bottles (MCB) are containers (normally bottles) used for the storage, transportation and delivery of liquids and are designed to be stoppered. They are made of glass or any other substance having such rigidity and stability that it offers the same metrological (the science of weights and measures) as glass.

MCB are required to display a manufacturer’s mark, their nominal quantity and (if not filled to the brim) the distance between the fill level and the brim. They are regulated though Directive 75/107/EEC and the Measuring Container Bottles (EEC requirements) Regulations 1997.

MCB that display the EEC mark (reverse epsilon) ‘Э’ must conform to the Packaged Goods Regulations and can be traded freely between member states.

Register a new manufacturer’s mark

To register a new manufacturer’s mark contact Robert Harper on 020 8943 7272.

Size

MCB must have a nominal quantity (capacity/volume) of between 0.05 L and 5 L. Using MCB is one way of complying with the Packaged Goods Regulations.

MCB registers

You can download the registers to see the active and inactive marks registered by manufacturers below. These marks are used for market surveillance and enforcement activities.

Current MCB marks (2014)

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Inactive MCB marks (2014)

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