was created by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a meeting
in Bern in June 1990. Eighteen countries in the European Community and EFTA
have signed the original MoU, which set out objectives and tasks for WELMEC
and identified rights and obligations arising from membership. Since 1990, several
countries have joined WELMEC as Associate Members, one of a number of developments
not foreseen when WELMEC was formed. To reflect these changes, and following
extensive discussion during 1998 and 1999, a number of amendments to the MoU
were agreed by the WELMEC Committee at its meeting in Warsaw in September 1999.
The MoU is of
an exclusively recommendatory nature, however, and does not in any way bind
its signatories. WELMEC remains a free cooperation in which agreement is sought
on a range of issues of mutual interest and wide importance. The full text of
the MoU is given in Annex 1 and the signatories are listed in Annex 2.
(WELMEC was originally established as the Western European Legal Metrology Cooperation. In 1995 with the decision to accept Associate Members from among Central and East European countries the title was changed to European Cooperation in Legal Metrology, but the acronym was retained).
Overview of Guide Documents
Country specific information on weights and measures
Load cell information
aim of WELMEC is to establish a harmonised and consistent approach to European
legal metrology in the light of a number of important developments:
Accumulated experience of the operation of the non-automatic weighing instruments Directive (90/384/EEC);
Prolonged discussion of proposals for a measuring instruments Directive;
The progress of a number of applicant countries towards EU membership;
Increasing international trade in measuring instruments and measured goods;
The different coverage of legal metrology in various countries.
To support this
aim, the following objectives are listed in the WELMEC Memorandum of Understanding:
and maintain mutual confidence between legal metrology services in Europe;
and maintain the equivalence and harmonisation of legal metrology activities
taking into account the relevant guidelines;
any special features of legal metrology which need to be reflected in the European
metrology, certification and testing framework;
the exchange of information for legal metrology applied at national and local
and promote the removal of, technical or administrative barriers to trade in
the field of measuring instruments;
consistency of interpretation and application of normative documents and propose
actions to facilitate implementation;
specific technical problems which might form the subject of collaborative projects;
working links with all relevant bodies and promote the infrastructure relating
to harmonisation of legal metrology;
ix.to debate trends and establish criteria for the scope of legal metrology and maintain channels for a continuous flow of knowledge.