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:
Under the regulations, businesses can verify that the equipment they manufacture, install, adjust or repair is fit for trade in the UK, by marking it with a prescribed stamp. This requires the certification of their quality management systems by a conformity assessment body (CAB) with UKAS accreditation. We publish lists of the numbers allocated to approved verifiers to identify them on equipment they stamp.
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 email@example.com
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.