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Meters (Certification) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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3.—(1) Subject to paragraph (3) any person who manufactures meters and satisfies the Director that—

(a)he owns or has available to him apparatus for the examination, testing and regulation of meters which complies with directions;

(b)he operates at a manufacturing unit a quality assurance system in respect of every meter manufactured by him at that unit which conforms to the standard contained in European Standard EN ISO 9001(1), or to any standard, technical regulation, manufacturing method or code of practice accepted in other EEA States conformity with which will achieve an equivalent assurance of quality; and

(c)he would be capable of complying with the conditions set out in paragraph (2),

may be authorised by the Director for the purpose of these Regulations in respect of meters manufactured by him at that manufacturing unit for a period not exceeding three years but so that any authorisation may be renewed from time to time.

(2) An authorisation granted by the Director to a person who satisfies the provisions of paragraph (1) shall be subject to the following conditions—

(a)that the authorisation will only apply in respect of meters which have been examined, tested and regulated using the apparatus referred to in sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph (1);

bthat the authorised person will operate at all times at each manufacturing unit a quality assurance system which conforms to the standard referred to in sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph (1) and will maintain a record in permanent form of the system which he operates and of the actions taken to comply with that system in respect of the meter or meters which he intends to submit for certification in accordance with regulation 6;

(c)that the authorised person shall secure that each meter referred to in sub-paragraph (b) shall be examined and tested in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 1 or one of the equivalent European provisions;

(d)that the authorised person shall cause every meter in respect of which a certificate has been issued under regulation 7 or 9 to be so stored while it remains under his control and so packaged for delivery when it is to be dispatched from his control as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, damage which would cause it to operate in a manner which would not conform with the permitted margins of error;

(e)that the authorised person will permit the Director or any persons duly authorised by him to have access to any manufacturing unit and to examine and test all apparatus and to inspect all records referred to in this paragraph at all reasonable times for the purpose of ensuring that the authorised person is complying with the conditions of his authorisation; and

(f)that the authorised person will comply with directions.

(3) An authorisation under this regulation may be terminated at any time by the Director upon giving not less than 28 days' notice to the authorised person if he is in breach of any condition of his authorisation and (in the case of a breach which is capable of being remedied) has failed to remedy that breach as soon as reasonably practicable after notice has been given to him by the Director specifying the breach.

(4) For the purpose of this regulation and Schedule 2—

(a)a person shall be treated as manufacturing a meter if he has caused the meter to be assembled so as to comply with the conditions of his authorisation but has not himself manufactured every component part of the meter;

(b)“assembled” includes the carrying out of repairs or modifications to a meter within a period of twelve months after the date upon which a certificate in respect of that meter was first issued under regulation 7 or 9; and

(c)“manufacturing unit” means premises specified to the Director in writing (which may identify the premises by reference to a plan) at which meters are manufactured but excludes any premises or that part of any premises which are used, otherwise than as provided in sub-paragraph (b), for the cleaning and repair of meters which have previously been used for measuring the quantity of electricity supplied.

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EN ISO 9001 is a European Standard entitled “Quality systems. Model for quality assurance in design, development, production, installation and servicing” which has been adopted in the United Kingdom as BS EN ISO 9001 and is published by the British Standards Institution (ISBN 0 580 23439 8) and was effective from 15th July 1994

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