CECIP Newsletter June 2018

19th Jun 2018

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CECIP Newsletter JUNE 2018

Protecting Consumers

Protecting consumers better by making indications of mass mandatory on all pre-packages

Most of the food bought in the supermarket is sold in packages. To protect the interest of the consumers these pre-packages need to express the quantity, volume and/or mass of the product that is sold. In general, the volume needs to be indicated for liquid products and for all other products there needs to be an indication of the product´s mass or number. For example, on pre-packed meat the number of grams is indicated and milk has an indication in litres. This way the consumer knows how much he is buying for a certain price. 

Where liquids require an indication of the volume when sold in pre-packaging, this is not the optimal indicator. For consumer protection reasons an expression of the mass is better. 
First, measurement instrumentation used for mass is under legal control such as mandatory periodic reverifications whilst the instrumentation used for length, volume and number is not. This legal control provides more guarantees the measuring instrument functions correctly.

Moreover, selling on mass is to be preferred as each molecule has its own mass. This avoids misunderstandings caused by aeration of the product, influences of changes in temperature and, where partially gasses are involved, pressure. Additionally, weighing equipment is more accurate than measuring equipment for volume. 

For the reasons above CECIP believes that expressions of mass on pre-packaging are better than expressions of volume.
CECIP is convinced that to provide the most reliable, accurate and realistic indication of the product an expression of mass should be included on the pre-package. By doing this the consumer is better informed about the product he or she is buying. However, this doesn´t mean the volume indication needs to be removed as that it is still possible to express the volume next to the mass.  

To improve consumer protection, changes to Directive 76/211/EEC, OIML Recommendation 79 and WELMEC guides are necessary. Therefore, CECIP calls on all relevant stakeholders such as the European Commission and national authorities to improve the consumer protection and request expression of mass on all pre-packages. 
The full position paper can be found here.

Protecting ConsumersBy Tim Hamers, CECIP Secretary General


New CECIP Brochure and leaflet

 To introduce CECIP to external stakeholders and decision makers, a new brochure and leaflet introducing CECIP are developed. These documents will include a short presentation of the association, the European weighing industry in general and the applications of weighing instruments. At the General Assembly the brochure and folder will be circulated.
The brochure can be found here as a PDF document.

CECIP Brochure PicBy Tim Hamers, CECIP Secretary General

 

OIML R76 revision under development

The work on the revision of OIML Recommendation 76 on non-automatic weighing instruments (NAWI) has started with a meeting in December of 2017. OIML R76 is the basis of the harmonized standard EN 45501, making this an important revision for NAWI manufacturers. The work is currently divided in five sub-groups with CECIP representatives in all of them: Software, Modular Approach, Harmonization, Structure Terms and Definitions, Verification. First proposals by these sub-groups are expected by June/July. The plan is to finalize the first working draft document until September 2018 and get Comments to the working draft until end of the year. Afterwards it needs to pass the official procedure before approval.
The main topics that would be / are in discussion in the subgroups are:

SG1 Structure, Terms and Definition
Clarification of new definitions, interface R76 vs. R60, primary indication, complete update to current technical status, reporting of sealing (especially SW), more flexible test reports, simplification of evaluation reports

SG2 Modular Approach:
Interfaces, revision of certificates, verification of modules, information in certificates, definition of modules, mobile remote systems, compatibility, POS

SG3 Software:
Clear definition of requirements and testprocedures, easier than WELMEC 7, securing SW on PC based systems (taking into account of different risks in different parts of the world), handling of distributed systems, download of software, software updates in modules, how to avoid manipulation, securing, OIML D31, Network, complex instruments

SG4 Harmonisation:
Harmonisation of OIML documentations, harmonisation with AWIs, requirements of OIML D11, Harmonisation of EMC requirements, technical applications

SG5 Verification; Part IV:
Guidance ‘best practices’, draft acc. to part I+II+III, OIML R76 vs. ISO17020/17025, verification of POS, D16 checklist, Handbook 44 Harmonization, verification of Software aspects, verification of modules, instructions for high capacity, instructions for weigh bridges
The subgroups are still in discussion of the topics. A draft version for distribution and discussion are not available yet.

OIML PicBy Tim Hamers, CECIP Secretary General
 

New OIML R60 published

A new version of OIML Recommendation 60 on metrological regulations for load cells has recently been published. This publication followed a long process that started with a request for revision in 2010. The final approval was in February 2017 after which it was accepted at the last CIML meeting.

The main changes in comparison with the previous version are:

  • Using the new OIML Structure Format for Recommendations
  • New precise definition of the different types of load cells (See picture from page 6 of the new OIML R60) fits now to OIML R76
  • A better documentation of the performance tests including pictures of the test set up is required.
  • The new IEC Standards for Power voltage variations, Surge, Bursts, Surge, Electronic discharge and RF electromagnetic fields are inserted.
  • There was no acceptable general solution for Firm/Software possible, since there are too different requirements by the OIML Members states.
  • The border between OIML 60 and OIML R76 is the digital processing now.

 The new OIML R60 can be found here.OIML Published oic

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New Data Protection rules applicable from 25 May

On 25 May 2018 the new EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force. This new regulation aims at harmonising national data privacy legislation in the EU. The regulation should protect personal data to ensure the data is processed in a lawful and transparent manner. Citizens and companies should know which data is used and which data is saved. Based on the level of risk of data processing activities measures need to be taken to protect the personal data.

It is applicable to all companies located in the EU.  However, SMEs that do not engage in the processing of highly sensitive data, such as most weighing instrument manufacturers, have less obligations. For example, the appointment of a data protection officer is often not necessary. Companies with fewer than 250 employees also don’t need to keep records of their processing activities. Still it is recommended for most companies to check if there are new obligations and if changes in operations are necessary. Any information that can be linked directly or indirectly to persons (subject of data) is in scope of the GDPR.

 You can find GDPR Regulation 2016/679 in all languages. In this document from the European Commission the most important obligations are explained. The most common questions and answers can be found on this website.

 

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