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Legal Metrology - Overview

Overview

 

The Legal Metrology Business Unit ensures that consumers receive the quantity of goods, as declared by an importer, manufacturer or retailer on a prepackage. It also ensures that instrument measurements remain accurate, within prescribed limits of error, where measuring instruments are used to conclude a transaction. In short, both industry and consumers are protected.

 

The unit therefore promotes fair trade by:

 

  • Ensuring that measuring instruments used for a prescribed purpose are evaluated for proper design, construction and accuracy, taking into account the South African climate and environment

  • Undertaking market surveillance to ensure that importers, manufacturers and retailers of products use accurate instruments for trade and that, where manufacturers or retailers prepare prepackages, there is no short measure

  • Taking action against those importers, manufacturers and retailers that supply short measure products or use inaccurate measuring instruments

  • Designating private verification laboratories to verify measuring instruments, used in terms of the LMA, on behalf of the regulator

  • Evaluating the competence of verification officers who work for private verification laboratories and who perform verification on behalf of the NRCS

  • Providing traceability to national standards for verification and inspection standards used to type approve, verify and inspect measuring instruments. Traceability is the unbroken chain of calibrations or comparisons linking international standards and/or national standards to the level of verification standards used

  • Providing training to inspectors and, where requested, to regional legal metrology bodies

  • Providing input into legal metrology matters in national, regional and international standards as required by SADC Cooperation in Legal Metrology (SADCMEL), FRIMETS and International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML).

 

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