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The Measuring Instruments (EEC Requirements) Regulations 1988

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Regulation 8(7)


Application for EEC pattern approval

1.  An application–

(a)for an EEC pattern approval; or

(b)for extension of an EEC pattern approval;

shall be in such form, and contain or be accompanied by such information and documents, as the Secretary of State may require.

Examination for EEC pattern approval

2.—(1) Any examination for the purposes of Regulation 8 above shall consist of such studies and tests of instruments of the pattern to which the application relates (both as respects construction and functioning) and of the design to which instruments of that pattern are constructed as are in the opinion of the Secretary of State necessary in order to determine whether instruments of the pattern in question satisfy the measurement characteristics and the technical design and functioning requirements laid down by the relevant Directive.

(2) A pattern shall not be approved under these Regulations unless the examination carried out under this paragraph indicates that instruments of the pattern in question will maintain the measurement characteristics required by the relevant Directive under normal conditions of use.

(3) The Secretary of State may require the applicant to provide such facilities and assistance as appear to him to be necessary for carrying out the examination under this paragraph.

Certificate of EEC pattern approval

3.—(1) A certificate of EEC pattern approval–

(a)shall give the results of the examination of the pattern;

(b)if it relates to ancillary equipment, shall specify the pattern of instrument to which the equipment may be attached or in which it may be incorporated and any requirements authorised by the relevant Directive as to the functioning of any instrument for which it is approved when the equipment is so attached or incorporated;

(c)may, where authorised by the relevant Directive, impose requirements or restrictions in addition to the requirements of the relevant Directive, or vary or disapply any of the requirements of the relevant Directive;

(d)may or (as the case may be) shall make provision for any other matter for which provision is authorised or required by the relevant Directive to be made in a certificate of pattern approval relating to instruments of a category to which it applies; and

(e)shall contain any particulars required by the relevant Directive.

(2) A certificate that relates to an EEC pattern approval which is subject to any restriction on its period of validity or to any condition imposed under Regulation 9(2) above shall give particulars of the restriction or condition.

(3) The certificate shall include–

(a)in a case falling within sub-paragraph (2) above the United Kingdom sign of EEC limited pattern approval;

(b)in any other case, the United Kingdom sign of EEC pattern approval;

being in either case the sign which is appropriate to the particular pattern approval in question.

(4) The certificate shall have annexed to it descriptions, drawings and diagrams necessary to identify the pattern and to explain its functioning.

Deposit of sample instrument

4.—(1) Without prejudice to paragraph 2(3) above, if the relevant Directive requires a sample instrument to be supplied for retention by the metrological service considering an application for EEC pattern approval, the Secretary of State may, on granting an EEC pattern approval under these Regulations, either–

(a)retain any instrument supplied as a sample instrument of the pattern in question; or

(b)require instead the deposit of parts of an instrument of that pattern, or of scale models or drawings of such an instrument.

(2) If the Secretary of State requires the deposit of parts of an instrument or of scale models or drawings instead of retaining a sample instrument he shall include a statement to that effect in the certificate of pattern approval.

Extension of EEC pattern approval

5.  If on extending an EEC pattern approval the Secretary of State imposes any restriction on the period of extension or any condition under Regulation 9(2) above he may amend the certificate of pattern approval and any documents annexed thereto in any manner that appears to him to be appropriate.

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