Assizing of instruments;
On Request Calibration;
Supervision of use of weighing and measuring instruments;
Control on goods (Prepacked Commodities);
Certificate of Suitability;
Investigation of complaint;
Information and advice.
1. Assizing of instruments
(a) Indoor Verification
Assizing/Reassizing, i.e. verification, testing and stamping of weighing and measuring instruments used in trade (both in general trade and trade in valuable goods), i.e for General Retailers, vegetable and fruit sellers, jewellers.
These instruments include spring balances, platform machines, electronic scales, jeweller scales, weights, length measures, tape measures, capacity measures, liquor measures.
All new instruments of importers are assized by LMS before they are offered for sale.
(b) In situ verification
Verification of instruments which are (i) of high capacity, (ii) fixed and (iii) not transportable are carried in situ, that is, at place of use. These instruments include platform machines of high capacity, Petrol Pumps, Weighbridges and bulkmeters.
(c) Periodical Assizing of instruments
According to the Legal Metrology (Periodical Assizement) Regulations 1994,
· spring balances have to be verified every year ,
· length measures every five years and
· all other instruments every two years .
(2) On Request Calibration
Calibration services are provided to industries at their request for instruments not used in trade.
Calibration is carried at the division for transportable instruments.
For high capacity and fixed instruments calibration is carried at place of use.
We also calibrate fixed storage tanks, concrete batching plants and hopper scales.
Requests for calibration must be made in writing or by fax.
(3) Supervision of use of weighing and measuring instruments
This is done by carrying regular inspection visits to trade premises to ensure that traders are using correct and assized weighing and measuring instruments.
(4) Control on goods (Prepacked Commodities)
Inspection is carried at packing premises to ascertain that prepacked commodities (foodstuffs and non foodstuffs) comply with the Legal Metrology (Prepacked Commodities) Regulations, GN 233/2006.
(5) Certificate of Suitability
Importers of weighing instruments used in trade have to apply for a certificate of suitability in respect to the pattern or design of the instrument. For this the importer has to make an application on the form available at the Legal Metrology Services.
(6) Investigation of complaint
Complaints related to weights and measures are investigated by this office. These complaints are usually on unassized/not duly reassized instruments, incorrect instruments or shortweight. Complaints are received by Phone, Reporting to our office at Bell Village or in writing.
(7) Information and advice
We offer free information and advice in matters regarding weights and measures to consumers, traders, including importers, packers and industries.
(8) Opening Hours
Monday to Friday : From 09 h 00 to 12 h 00 and from 12 h 30 to 15 h 00 ( For verification of instruments) and 16h00 (Office)
We also operate a mobile verification service since 2003 to cover all districts. Traders are informed of the dates and places by press communiqués.