Allow min, max, e and d on display only?-CECIP


The EU NAWI Directive 2014/31/EU obliges the maximum capacity (Max), minimum capacity (Min), verification scale interval (e) and, where relevant, the scale interval (d) to be marked on the weighing instrument. In light of digital developments, there are weighing instruments on the market where this information is shown exclusively on the primary display. This is generally allowed in the majority of EU Member States, but there are a limited number of authorities that believe this should be indicated on the data plate as well as the primary display. CECIP is of the opinion this is not required developed a position paper aiming a describing the rationale for this position.

CECIP argues that the sole purpose of the regulation on mandatory parameters is to ensure that they are actually applied to the weighing instrument in a clearly visible place, completely and indelibly (i.e. cannot be tampered with). This way the authorised field of application of the weighing instrument is clearly and unambiguously indicated. For this purpose, it is irrelevant whether this information is provided in the form of an “inscription” or by means of an indication on the display which is permanently and completely visible during the use of the weighing instruments). What is significant is the permanent and complete indication. This is guaranteed for the display as well as for the other inscriptions.

The display data Max, Min, e and d are unchangeable parameters of the weighing instrument. They are stored in the verifiable memory of the weighing instrument and cannot be changed. Access to these data is only possible after the verification seal has been destroyed. This means that the weighing instrument loses its validity for verification. The security of this data is, therefore, higher than when a label is affixed.

Based on these points CECIP is strongly convinced that it is allowed to show min, max, e and d only on the electronic display.

The full position paper can be foundĀ here


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CECIP is the European association for national trade organisations representing the European manufacturers of weighing instruments. Founded in 1958, CECIP has today 14 members. These include 11 national member associations from: Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom and three company members from Portugal, Sweden and Turkey. The weighing industry has gone through tremendous changes in the past decades with new technologies and techniques being introduced in all sectors. Nowadays weighing instruments plays an important role in every industry, contributing to the quality of the final product. Today, CECIP is playing its role within Europe, striving for common and harmonised standards to be adopted at European and International levels. These standards and legislation should provide safety and quality to both consumers and users of weighing instruments. CECIP aims to provide valuable contributions to improve the quality of legislation and standards.