Resources for business.
Resources available to you from the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) include guidance on weights and measures equipment and packaged goods.
Most UK weights and measures legislation is enforced by Local Authority Trading Standards (or the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland).
For business-specific advice on complying with the regulations, contact your local Trading Standards service.
Local authorities often ask us to clarify technical or enforcement issues that can be significant to businesses, and we publish our responses in bulletins.
Weights and measures equipment
We publish guidance for manufacturers, importers and distributors on the regulation of weights and measures equipment, which is also relevant to local authority trading standards:
Weighing and measuring equipment used in business must be passed as fit for use for trade by a Weights and Measures Inspector or an approved verifier. Equipment that is repaired or adjusted will then need to be to be requalified either by the Inspector or an approved verifier. Contact your local Trading Standards Office for guidance. An approved verifier is a manufacturer, installer or repairer of weighing and measuring equipment permitted to qualify or requalify specific equipment types, using stickers with authorised stamp numbers:
We also provide specialised conformity assessment services to enable manufacturers to place regulated weighing and measuring instruments on the market.
Market surveillance of weighing and measuring instruments
OPSS is responsible for the market surveillance of regulated non-automatic weighing instruments and measuring instruments. We carry out monitoring of instruments to ensure that those that do not comply with the provisions of the Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016 or the Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016 are prevented from being placed on the market or put into use.
To report concerns to OPSS regarding weighing and measuring instruments that may not be in conformity with the regulations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This guidance concerns the changes made by the Product Safety and Metrology etc (Amendment) Regulations 2021 to the Measuring Instruments Regulations 2016 (MIR) and Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016 (NAWI). The changes apply to the enforcement procedures of disqualification and requalification. It is relevant to inspectors, approved verifiers, approved manufacturers, notified bodies (in Northern Ireland) and approved bodies.
Verification stickers correspondence and pricing
Occasionally, OPSS receives queries regarding verification stickers. The most common questions are:
How do I place an order for stickers?
Orders require the metrology stickers order form below to be completed and sent to OPSS. We cannot process orders without this form. A purchase order is also required and must contain a purchase order number, details of the order required, invoice address and delivery address.
Please send the form and purchase order to email@example.com.
What are the prices for the stickers?
Approved bodies, approved verifiers and inspectors can claim an initial free sample of 20 stickers, but subsequent stickers have to be purchased. This is for both initial verification and requalification with the exception of requalification stickers for inspectors, which are available free of charge.
With regard to the purchasing of the new metrology stickers, the prices and quantities are as follows:
- 500 Stickers=£30+VAT
- 1000 Stickers=£50+VAT
- 2000 Stickers = £100+VAT
Smaller amounts can be supplied but where less than 250 are required there is a minimum charge of £10+VAT.
Delivery is free of charge and posted second class. Please raise a purchase order stating quantity required and which sticker type along with the approved body or inspector number.
How long does it take to produce the stickers?
OPSS aims to have stickers produced and put in the post in 5 to 10 working days from receipt of your order.
How long will it take for them to be delivered?
Stickers are sent using royal mail second class postage. Orders that come to more than £250+VAT are sent using royal mail second class recorded delivery.
We publish guidance for packers and importers on packaged goods:
We sponsor the British Hallmarking Council, which provides guidance for manufacturers and retailers on the hallmarking of precious metal articles.