Testing and certification

Rapid approval to access the market: type examination, certification of quality systems, verification

Testing and certification

In Europe, market access for automatic weighing instruments (AWIs), multidimensional measuring instruments and measures of length and capacity is managed by the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID). The European Union NAWI Directive applies to non-automatic weighing instruments. These directives describe the requirements for marketing your weighing instrument in Europe. With regard to market access outside Europe and other additional customer requirements, we test your measuring instruments for compliance with EN standards and OIML recommendations.

European market access – MID and NAWI directive

Are you keen to get into the European market? An MID or NAWI type examination certificate gives you immediate access to all 28 countries of the European Union, the 4 EFTA countries and Turkey. Since the introduction of these regulations, NMi has issued hundreds of certificates. As a result, we have extensive experience with the possible options.

NMi participates in international working groups, such as WELMEC, OIML, IEC and CENELEC and various standards committees. We therefore know all about the latest developments in requirements and legislation. We can tell you what new requirements are in the pipeline for the coming year, so that you can take them into account in the test plan and put a future-proof product on the market.

NB. The type examination certificate is the first step towards market access. Permission to market your measuring instrument in Europe depends on an initial verification of the meters.

Market access outside Europe

NMi’s worldwide reputation guarantees widespread acceptance of its test reports and easy market access to most countries in the world. For market access outside Europe, NMi tests for compliance with international standards (IEC, EN and OIML). By combining these tests directly with the MID test plan, the type examination process is executed efficiently and your product can be launched on the global market quickly. The overview shows you which standards are applicable. 

In order to promote rapid market access, a global reciprocal acceptance agreement has been entered into for NAWIs with China, Japan and Australia. Governments in these countries approve your weighing instrument on the basis of the NMi test report without the need to re-test your product. NMi is one of the founders of the OIML-MAA system, which provides even greater acceptance for load cells and NAWIs. The United States and Canada are also actively involved in the OIML-MAA.

Thanks to NMi’s excellent reputation abroad, an NMi report or certificate works like a passport for worldwide market access

Component certificates

Suppliers of measuring instrument components, such as indicators, load cells, retail payment systems (point of sale) and peripherals like computers and printers can increase the value of your products by supplying them together with a certificate. NMi has developed a system which enables you to conduct your own component verification. Read more about component certificates here.