Clarity needed on status of weighing instruments after repair or update


New or repaired?

Measuring instruments already in services are occasionally repaired or changed. If a measuring instrument which is already in service is changed in any way it has to be decided whether this change results in a new instrument which needs to be put new into use again or whether it is a repair of the old instrument.

Big differences between new or repaired

This decision has significant consequences in countries where manufactures cannot carry out re-verification as new weighing instruments need to be fully compliant with the new legislation. If the weighing instrument is considered to be repaired it will need to be re-verified according to national legislation. Particularly for companies that are active in several EU markets, it is cumbersome to change the activities between each country based on different interpretations.
The European Commission has recognised, that trade barriers are created where the conditions for putting into service, for installation and/or for use/operation is not harmonised. Those barriers are still present in the weighing instruments sector. Further harmonisation of non-harmonised aspects in this area of legal metrology is necessary. For manufacturers and end-users, it is of great importance to reduce trade barriers and provide clarity.

Following proposed workflow provides clarity

CECIP is supporting initiatives of the European Commission to call for more harmonisation. For clarity and in support of a harmonised application by all stakeholders, a general decision workflow is developed and can be found on the next page of this paper.

CECIP is convinced that the right approach is to follow this workflow. As a consequence of this horizontal approach, the economic operator responsible for the intervention decides based on defined objective criteria, about the impact of an intervention and, depending on the result, follows applicable rules. CECIP calls on member states to follow this approach to decide if an action is considered a repair or the weighing instrument is considered a completely new instrument. This will give the necessary clarity to manufacturers, end-users and authorities.

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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.