Government Adopts Ordinance Updating Measurement and Verification Act

On Wednesday the government adopted an ordinance that regulates details concerning the new Measurement and Verification Act that will enter into force on 1 January 2015. The legal provisions are intended to keep pace with rapid technological progress while at the same time making the rules more flexible thus reducing costs for the industry.

The Ordinance Revising the Statutory Metering System and Adapting it to European Law (Verordnung zur Neuregelung des gesetzlichen Messwesens und zur Anpassung an die europäische Rechtsprechung ) already passed the European Notification Procedure on 10 October 2014. The Federal Council that represents the interests of the sixteen German states on the federal level will hear the matter on 28 November 2014.

According to the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy the main aspects of the new Measurement and Verification Act and the corresponding ordinance can be summed up as follows:

  • The same requirements for European and German measuring instruments apply for placing them on the market;
  • The German type approval (innerstaatliche Bauartzulassung) and the initial verfication (Ersteichung) for measuring instruments falling in the scope of national regulation will be replaced by a conformity assessment;
  • The new legal system is open for innovation and geared to handle technological progress adequately and without delay;
  • Periodical re-verfication or re-verfication because of malfunctioning or interference with a measuring instrument fall within the competence of the verfication authorities of the federal states and state certified inspection agencies (staatlich anerkannte Prüfstellen).

Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy press release and further information (shorter version in English)

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