Trade Measurement — Accreditation Policy
|Policy Number:||TS - 108|
|Effective Date:||March 2017|
|Approved by:||Phil Sorrell, Team Leader Compliance and Inspection|
|Approved by:||Kevin Gudmundsson, Legal Metrology Advisor|
This policy defines Trading Standards position on split-weighing.
2. Reference documents
Weights and Measures Act 1987(external link) — Section 12
3. Terms and definitions
Split-weighing — is where a weight is determined by weighing the load in two or more parts and summing the results.
The act of split-weighing may not be a breach of the legislation. However, the following legislative controls still apply:
- There is an obligation to provide the true net weight. Failure to provide this creates a short weight offence under the Act.
- Some Certificates of Approval for weighing instruments have a specific condition that prohibits split-weighing on that specified instrument.