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CECIP Newsletter May 2018

31st May 2018


CECIP Newsletter May 2018

Speakers CECIP General Assembly 2018 confirmed

The 68th General Assembly of CECIP that will take place from 13 to 16 June in Evian-les-Bains is getting closer. A detailed programme has been sent out to the CECIP members and Registration is now closed.

The programme of the Legal Metrology Seminar on 14 June and the open part of General Assembly on 15 June is about the be finalised. The following speakers are already confirmed for the LMG seminar:

  • Paul Dixon (OIML) on the new OIML Certification Scheme
  • Marc Tettü (METAS) & Daniel Kneuhbühl (HAENNI) on the revision of OIML R134 on Weighing-in-Motion systems
  • Ian Turner (UKWF) on the implications of Brexit on the European weighing industry
  • Thomas Wiedenhöfer (PTB) on Machine Readable Calibration Certificates and Digital Twins in mass metrology
  • Bobjoseph Mathew (METAS) on the new definition of the kilo
  • Tim Hamers (CECIP) on the new CECIP website

Confirmed speakers for the open part of the General Assembly are:

  • Thomas Lommatzsch from LNE the French national metrology laboratory
  • Muriel Fayol from the Freanch Bureau de la Métrologie
  • Dieter Menne from Mettler Toledo will speak on the OPC/UA project

The gala dinner will this year take place at the Golf clubhouse of Evian. On Saturday the traditional excursion will be a boat ride on the Geneva Lake including lunch.

By Tim Hamers, CECIP Secretary General



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 of manufacturers, 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 methodology is 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 to see 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 areas and increased difficulties for the market.

Hence, consistent and transparent risk assessment methods need to be developed to 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 on consistent and transparent models that all operate to the same criteria.

The CECIP position paper can be found here.

By Ian Turner, UK Weighing Federation


Allow private reverifications of weighing instruments in all EU member states

To ensure customers in supermarkets can trust the scale they are using to weigh the vegetables they want to buy, those scales need to meet strict requirements before they are placed on the market. Those requirements for supermarket scales and all other weighing instruments are set in European legislation. After the weighing instrument is placed on the market it needs to be verified regularly to ensure they are still functioning correctly and precisely.

This reverification is done by a third-party that will verify the weighing instrument and adjusts the scale if necessary. In most countries these third-parties can be private entities such as weighing instrument manufacturers that are authorised to carry out the reverifications. Those companies meet strict requirements before they are authorised to guarantee reliability. However, in some countries only government bodies can carry out these reverifications. CECIP is strongly convinced that it is better for end-users, the weighing industry and consumer protection if private companies including manufacturers are allowed in all countries to carry out these weighing instrument reverifications.

There are various reasons why it is beneficial to open the market for weighing instrument reverifications to private companies. First of all, in general, competition will improve service quality at lower costs for end-users. Moreover, competition will stimulate organisations carrying out reverification to provide better service. Additionally, by allowing manufacturers to carry out the reverifications after repairing the weighing instrument precious time is saved. If a manufacturer does the reverification at the same moment as the repair there is no need for another person to come afterwards.

A counterargument could be that government bodies are more reliable for carrying out these reverifications. However, in countless occasions private companies provide high-quality services in often more sensitive areas than weighing instruments. Notably, the initial verification according to weighing instrument legislation is mostly done by weighing instrument manufacturers themselves. The requirements set in EU legislation for this initial verification are even stricter than for the reverifications.

Therefore, CECIP is convinced that it is beneficial for end-users, industry and consumers to allow private entities including manufacturers to carry out reverifications of weighing instruments in all EU member states. CECIP asks member state authorities to open the market for private reverifications where this is not the case yet. The European Commission is requested to support this opening of the market.

The full CECIP position paper can be found here.

By Tim Hamers, CECIP Secretary General



Overview of the implementation of the addition to the SOLAS convention in member states

The SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) convention started after the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The first version was published in 1914. The SOLAS convention is carried out by IMO (International Maritime Organization), based in London, an organization under the United Nations umbrella with 169 member states. SOLAS is a convention, what means all IMO members have the obligation to fulfil the requirements and undersigned to do so. The most recent SOLAS addition aims at ensuring that containers used for maritime transport have the right weight declaration. Wrong information about the weight of cargo causes accidents, damages and/or loss of containers. With the introduction of the SOLAS convention these problems should be reduced.

The addition came into force on July 1, 2016 and requires that the “shipper” checks the total weight of all containers shipped by sea (except for containers shipped on the chassis or trailers on ro-ro vessels involved in short trips) and declares it to the carrier in a timely manner thanks to “shipping document”. This way a correct loading plan for the seagoing ship is facilitated. In the CECIP newsletter from 2016 more detailed information is given on the SOLAS convention.

The new SOLAS requirements need to be transposed in national legislation and this is done differently by the European countries. To get an overview of the main elements of the SOLAS implementation in each country information is gathered from several countries.

With the help of several associations and company experts from the CECIP LMG group this overview is prepared. It includes information on the SOLAS implementation in Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

The overview document can be found here.

By Vincent van der Wel, PENKO Engineering



CECIP delegation meets European Commission

A CECIP delegation consisting of Karlheinz Bahnholzer (Sartorius and president of the LMG), Ian Turner (UKWF and vice-president of the LMG) and Tim Hamers (CECIP Secretary General) met on Monday 16 April with Zsuzsanna Dákai and Evi Thanasoulia from the European Commission. Ms Dákai recently became the person responsible within the European Commission for weighing instruments. Therefore, the meeting started with a short introduction of CECIP as the European weighing industry association.

Afterwards the recently published position papers from CECIP were presented. On both the mutual recognition of reverification authorities and the private reverification position it was indicated that this will be discussed internally and a reaction can be expected later.

With respect to the position paper on consistent interpretations it was advised to continue making use of the WELMEC working groups to get consensus on interpretations. It was noted that CECIP would encourage the WELMEC working groups to come to conclusions faster.

Furthermore, on several of the position papers on legal metrology such as the revision of OIML R134 and risk assessments the European Commission is not the leading authority, but there was the chance to explain CECIP´s point of view on the topics. Overall it was a positive meeting and CECIP is confident there will be a good cooperation in the future.

By Tim Hamers, CECIP Secretary General


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