Do you always get what you pay for? How the measuring instruments directive works

Do you get what you pay for? 

Everybody who drafts a beer once in a while knows that it can be quite difficult to fill the cup perfectly. When a cup has a content indication mark on it, the liquid has to be filled up to this mark. Everyone automatically assumes that when the cup is filled up to the content indication mark the indicated content, for example 0,25 litres, is supplied in the cup. But is this true? This is where the Measuring Instruments Directive comes into play.

The manufacturer of a cup with a content indication mark, that’s often used on festivals, must ensure that the mark that is placed on the cup is correct. When this is not the case, legally, an economic offense takes place. When the mark does not indicate the right content of the cup the end user does not get what he paid for. In practice almost no one will make a problem of out of this. However, the manufacturer should keep itself committed to the specific legislation concerning the content indication mark.

The aforementioned cups fall within the working scope of the Measuring Instruments Directive 2014/32/EU and should therefore comply with the requirements of this Directive. When a cup with a content indication mark on it is used, the manufacturer should ensure that when the end user pays for a consumption serving 0,25 litres, the end user gets 0,25 litres. In order to achieve the aforementioned situation, the manufacturer shall test their cups to ensure that the content indication mark on the cups is correct.

International and European standards

International and European standards indicate how many samples a manufacturer should take from a batch of cups that are produced. With regard to the testing, the manufacturer could for example fill the cup with water and subsequently weigh the cup to ensure that the content indication mark that is applied on the cup is correct. This has to be verified for every batch of cups. The sample taking also needs to be documented. This means that the manufacturer has to prove that a correct procedure is used for the testing and which demonstrates the compliance of the samples.

The manufacturer should ensure to only bring cups with a correct content indication mark on the European market. Certification Experts is able support the cup manufacturers to comply to the mandatory requirements of the Measuring Instruments Directive 2014/32/EU and with that also affix the CE mark on the cups.

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