I have recently attended the General Assembly for CECIP in Dresden on the 3rd and 4th May. This was preceded by a meeting of both the LMG (Legal Metrology Group) and the BTG (The Business and Trade Group).
This was useful meeting and a lot of important matters were discussed.
Review of the groups’ organisation
There was an important review of the way we had dealt with the matter of 10v/m so far and whether this could have been improved. This was useful and open discussion. The conclusion was that the structures of the LMG and CECIP are satisfactory, but it is very important for all members of the group to participate fully. There is often a lot of useful information and it is often difficult to find the time to read and make sensible decisions on this, however, there was no real alternative. It was incumbent on all national associations to ensure there members are informed.
Presentation on the New Legislative Framework (The NLF)
A presentation was made, outlining some of the important changes which the new NAWI and MI Directive may bring. This raised many of the points that had been raised at the UKWF Regional Meeting. I would advise that you read this presentation (below) and let me have any comments.
CECIP Presentation on NLF
A long discussion on this took place. It was recognized that we are now back at the beginning of the process and it was decided that it was most important that we have a common CECIP position statement for future negotiations. This was a productive discussion and the conclusion was:
1. That there must be at least a one year transition period from the date that the new standard is published.
2. That all existing type approval documents must be allowed to expire.
It was felt that this reflected an acceptable position for future developments. There was some concern as to the method by which it could be allowed that exiting type approvals continue.
There was an important discussion on the WELMEC position relating to the definition of manufacturer. It was agreed that the WELMEC view would have a detrimental effect on SME’s and this position must be challenged at all opportunities.
Guests to the meeting
The meeting had the pleasure of Anneke Van Spronssen, the chairperson of WELMEC and Roman Schwarz from the PTB. This was an excellent opportunity to discuss these matters with both people and to clarify the position of CECIP especially in relation to the issue of manufacturer where it appears that there was some confusion on the part of WELMEC.
Roman Schwarz outlined the definition of the KG in terms of a physical constant. It was outlined to Roman Schwarz that there was some concern that the practical implications of the definition had not yet been properly thought through. It was important that the general public must understand the source of the units if they are to have credibility.
The BTG meeting spent much of the time discussing the position relating to 10v/m. There was some concern raised as to the position of the PTB and how they unilaterally decide to test at 10/v. After considerable debate on the position that CECIP should take on this matter, it reflected that considered at the LMG meeting.
The General Assembly Meeting
This was an important meeting, with a wide range of interesting and useful speakers:
1. Mr. Vicente Leoz Arguelles: Latest EU Policy Developments. A sectoral perspective:
This was an interesting presentation on the development of the NLF and the commissions view on the implications of this on businesses. There was general agreement that this would largely make explicit the obligations that businesses should be operating to already. There was some concern raised from the audience on the potential impact on micro-businesses, if sufficient clarification of the directives was not given.
It is felt that Mr. Arguelles listened to the concerns of the industry and is happy to take our comments seriously.
2. Anneke van Spronnsen: WELMEC: The next challenges of WELMEC and the role of industry
This was a positive presentation that outlined many of the present debates that we are involved in, from the point of view of WELMEC. It was good to see that Anneke was keen to hear our views and happy to consider them, although clarified that any final decisions would be made by the WELMEC committee. It was positive to see that both WELMEC and CECIP are happy to move forward from the market surveillance project and to ensure positive co-operation in the future.
3. Rita L’Abbatte: A roadmap to improve market surveillance in the EU
This was a difficult presentation, looking at the road map to market surveillance. This is a document outlining the Commissions policies on this subject. If you would like a copy of the roadmap please get back to me. It was noted that from the point of view of the weighing sector, the policy focused too closely on consumer safety and did not outline the importance of market surveillance for the purposes of market regulation.
4. Other presentations
The remainder of the meeting consisted of reports from the LMG and the BTG and the reports from the member associations. If you would like copies of these reports please let me know.
The next CECIP General Assembly next year is the 1st to the 4th of May in the Netherlands. As soon as I have more details, I will let you know.
UKWF Technical Officer