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NMO Section 70 Returns Published

28th Nov 2013

NMO Section 70 Returns Published

The annual report regarding the S70 returns has recently been published.  These are the returns that every local weights and measures authority must complete regarding the work they have done in the previous year.

Section 70 Annual Report  2012-2013

It is interesting to note that weighing instruments above 30kg represent two of the three highest risk categories of weighing and measuring equipment for potential non-compliance.  It is interesting to contemplate how the risk of non-compliance will be reduced when the new draft Consumer Rights Bill will require inspectors to give two days’ notice before they carry out any inspections of this type of equipment.

The report draws attention to the rapid decline in the number of practicing and newly qualified inspectors.  The NMO now estimates that there are 298 full time equivalent inspectors working in the enforcement of weights and measures, a reduction in 205 from the previous year.  Perhaps more concerning is the number of candidates sitting the examination for Inspector of Weights and Measures.

Ian Turner, Technical Officer
UK Weighing Federation

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