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CECIP supports the development of risk assessment models at different levels

Risk Assessments are an intrinsic part of the legislative framework that relates to weighing and measuring equipment. It is explicitly stated in both Directive 2014/31/EU and Directive 2014/32/EU that it should be considered in the decision-making processes ofmanufacturers, importers and market surveillance authorities.
There are a number of different risk assessment frameworks used by different stakeholders; there is a general EU risk assessment methodology for the surveillance of products in the EU, a specific risk assessment for the legal metrology market surveillance and a proposed risk assessment for software development.
It is important to have a consistent and transparent development of risk assessment procedures that are known and agreed by all different stakeholders so that the market can operate consistently.

Well-defined risk assessments necessary
The application of a consistent risk assessment methodologyis crucial for the continuing success of the legal metrology sector. The failure to have this would exacerbate the inconsistent application of legislation.This could possibly harm end-users, customers and the weighing industry.
Therefore, CECIP wants tosee the development of risk assessment procedures to ensure that more meaningful decisions can be made in the market.
Furthermore, the use of a wide range of different risk assessment methods can lead to inconsistent conclusions in different areasand increased difficulties for the market.
Hence, consistent and transparentrisk assessment methodsneed to be developedto ensure that all sectors and functions will be treated similarly.

Work needed at different levels
Risk assessments models are currently discussed and used at different levels such as WELMEC WG 5 and 7 and at EU level. CECIP fully supports these developments and contributes where possible in improving these risk assessment models.
CECIP calls on all relevant stakeholders to co-operate to work onconsistent and transparent models that all operate to the same criteria.

 

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    CECIP

    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.