Type testing and approval of water, heat, gas and cooling meters
Type testing and type approval ensures distribution and application of your meters for transactions in most parts of the world.
Type approval is a guarantee of conformity with regulations
A type approval or certificate of conformity is a guarantee to your customers that the applied meter complies with current regulations and standards.
If your meter complies with existing standards and regulations, fx the European Measuring Instrument Directive (MID), it is valid for for transaction purposes in all countries acknowledging the MID, which includes most parts of the world.
Type testing and approval of meters at FORCE Technology ensures:
- assessment according to the MID, EN-standards and OIML-documents, which allows distribution of measuring instruments in most countries in the world
- assessment based on the latest knowledge of legislation and requirements for measuring instruments
- quick service and short waiting times at our laboratories.
Your guarantee of the highest level of knowledge in type testing
At FORCE Technology, we perform type testing of your measuring instrument according to national and international legislation and knowledge of the latest requirements for measuring instruments.
We keep our knowledge of type testing and measuring instruments at the highest level through participation in leading global organizations and fora within measuring instruments. For instance, FORCE Technology:
- is the holder of the presidency of CEN/TC176, which prepares the standard EN 1434 for district heating and cooling meters
- is the holder of the convenor title in WG 11, the working group for utility meters in WELMEC
- is approved to type test water meters according to OIML R49 (EN 14154)
- is represented in WELMEC, ISO, OIML and CEN.
Which meters can be type tested at FORCE Technology?
We perform type testing of:
- water meters, cooling meters and heat meters
- gas meters
- volume conversion devices
- systems for continuous and dynamic quantitative measurement of liquids other than water.
If you are planning to produce any of these measuring instruments, you need to perform an assessment of conformity prior to production. If you intend to import one or several of the instruments, an assessment of conformity is imperative prior to distribution.
In case of questions regarding type testing and approval of meters, please contact Head of Department Michael Møller Nielsen.
Certificate of conformity issued by FORCE Certification A/S
As a conformity assessment body, FORCE Technology performs type testing of meters as supplier to FORCE Certification.
FORCE Certification is the Notified Body that performs the final type approval of your meter, issues the certificate of conformity and the CE-mark. Only a notified body can CE-mark a meter.
Once the meter is granted the certificate of conformity and the CE-mark, it is ready for production and distribution.
Please contact Head of Department Michael Møller Nielsen to initiate type testing and approval of your meters.
How is type approval performed according to MID?Find the process explained in the infographic below. If you need help - don't hesitate to contact us!
Why must my meter comply with the MID?
The Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) has been effective for application in the European Union member countries from 30th October 2006.
Since its introduction, the MID takes precedence over national regulations in the EU member countries. In the following years, various countries outside the European Union have acknowledged the MID.
The main focus of the MID is to harmonize the requirements for measuring instruments prior to distribution and application on the European market, and eliminate regulatory differences at a national level to facilitate transnational trade.
Furthermore, the MID is harmonized with various European standards and recommendations assuring manufacturers a simpler and less differentiated approach to conformity procedures.
Thus, all measuring instruments, which comply with the MID regulations, are valid for market and transaction purposes within the EU.
The MID is regulatory for:
- Water meters
- Heat meters
- Gas meters and volume conversion devices
- Measuring systems for the continuous and dynamic measurement of quantities of liquids other than water
- Automatic weighing instruments
- Electrical energy meters
- Taxi meters
- Material measures
- Dimensioning systems
- Exhaust gas analysers
Learn more about the Measuring Instrument Directive.
What is the CEN TC176?
The CEN TC 176 is a Technical Committee (TC) within the body for creating standards, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).
The CEN TC 176 Committee is responsible for developing and defining the applicable standard for heat and cooling meters, EN 1434.
In the EU-countries, all heat and cooling meters applied for billing must comply with the EN 1434, which is harmonized with the Measuring Instrument Directive (MID).
When a heat or cooling meter is tested, type approved and verified in conformity with the EN 1434, and therby the MID, it can be applied for billing within the European Eunion and other countries recognizing the MID.
The CEN consists of 33 European countries, the EFTA members and other European countries, and is officially recognized by the European Union and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) for developing standards at European level.
Read more about CEN and the CEN TC 176.
What is the OIML?
The OIML is the International Organization of Legal Metrology which is an intergovernmental organization assuring effective and internationally recognized legal metrology infrastructures.
The main focus of the OIML is to develop regulations, standards and related documents and publications for use by legal metrology authorities and industry. The OIML has developed an internationally acknowledged Certificate System for Type Evaluation of Measuring Instruments and the framework for a Mutual Acceptance Arrangement on OIML Type Evaluations, also known as the OIML MAA.
The purpose of the OIML MAA is to increase the level of mutual confidence among participating and corresponding members of OIML by:
- establishing rules and procedures for type approval ensuring conformity with legal and technical requirements
- promoting global harmonization of requirements for measuring instruments
- promoting efficiency in type approvals and facilitating global trade
- offering alternatives to countries without acces to testing facilities.
A water meter, that is type approved in accordance with the OIML MAA R49, is guaranteed to fullfill all the requirements made by the OIML, thereby providing the manufacturer, the distributor and the customers with the highest level of certainty regarding it's performance.
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