British FlagCamberley, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 3, 2007 – SGS United Kingdom Limited, the world's largest body for inspection, assessment and certification, has extended its notified body approval to include most of the range of products covered by the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) 2004/22/EC. Introduced on 30 October 2006, the MID sets out the generic compliance requirements for all measuring instruments intended for the European market. It has two key objectives:

  1. To remove barriers to trade in measuring instruments and harmonization of metrological regulation.
  2. To provide confidence in measurement.

As the energy regulator Ofgem-approved laboratory, SGS already provides a variety of metrology services specific to the electricity and gas industries, both in the field and at its purpose-built UKAS accredited calibration and testing facilities. These services are provided in conformance with the requirements of the Gas Act and Electricity Act.

Now, as a notified body under 2004/22/EC, SGS provides approval for all the instruments included in the MID to CE mark the product. This list of instruments includes water meters, gas meters and volume conversion devices, active electricity meters, and heat meters.

SGS is well placed to help manufacturers requiring certification. The company handles a great deal of CE marking certification work under various EC Directives, and uses a worldwide network of approved auditors, whilst retaining the technical review and certification decision in the UK.

With more and more companies outsourcing their manufacturing to the Far East, where the actual manufacture and calibration of instruments is done, increasing numbers of products coming in to Europe from Asia will require certification. SGS already has a significant presence in the region, and carries out auditing work for various certifications – including EC Directives, BRC standards and ISO 9001 – just as in the UK and throughout Europe.

There is a great deal of synergy in the auditing of ISO and MID. By combining the two audits, manufacturers can achieve certification to both standards and integrate them more effectively into their existing quality management systems.