UK regulator Ofgem has announced that it and the Department of Trade and Industry’s National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) are working towards the transfer of Ofgem’s responsibilities for legal metrology, covering both gas and electricity meters, to NWML.

The target date for the transfer is 1 April 2006. The transfer of responsibilities will create a single point of reference and expertise for legal control of most UK measuring instruments. It will also ensure full alignment of UK legal metrology policies, particularly regarding consistence with the new European Measuring Instruments Directive (MID).

he MID, which will create a single market for particular measuring instruments across Europe by aligning measuring instrument type approval requirements (laboratory testing of a single instrument, often a prototype) to ensure it operates accurately in all working conditions, must be implemented by member states by 30 April. The transfer will also include the novation of Ofgem’s outsourcing contract with SGS (UK) Ltd, which currently provides all supporting operational and testing services for metrology, to the NWML.