This glossary contains abbreviations and definitions used for accreditation.
AP – Accredited Person
AZT – Automatic zero tracking
CAR – Corrective Action Request
CM – Client Manager
COA – Certificate of Accuracy
IUT – Instrument under test, which is the instrument being verified or inspected
LOA – Letter of Accreditation
MBIE – Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
MOV – Mark of Verification
MPE – Maximum Permissible Error
MR – Management Representative
NAWI – Non automatic weighing instrument
NONC – Notice of Non-Compliance
OIML – International Organisation of Legal Metrology
QMS – Quality Management System
TM – Trade Measurement
TS – Trading Standards
TSO – Trading Standards Officer
WS – Working Standards
Absolute value means the value of the maximum permissible error regardless of whether that value is positive or negative.
Accredited individual means the individual granted to carry out accreditation work.
Accredited person means the organisation and / or individual granted to carry out accreditation work.
Auxiliary device is an interchangeable term with ‘peripheral device’, which is an additional device that repeats or further processes the weighing or measuring result and other primary indications. Examples: printer, secondary display, keyboard, terminal, data storage device or personal computer. The weight/measured value (data) is first processed in and generated by the approved verified weighing/measuring instrument and the primary indicator before the data is passed on to the auxiliary device.
Certification means testing an instrument that is verified and if compliant with the legislation issuing it with a Certificate of Accuracy.
Client Manager is a Trading Standards Officer who has been nominated as the accredited organisations primary contact on accreditation matters.
Container weighing instrument is a weighing instrument exclusively approved for weighing a shipping container.
Delta load (∆L) means a mass of 1/10th of the verification scale interval (e).
Gross value is the weight of a container or tanker after being filled with goods.
Historical tare is the term used to describe the scenario where an agreement is formed between a seller and purchaser to use an agreed weight value as the tare value that will be applied to future weighing’s. Industries where this practise is commonly found are landfill sites, quarries, scrap metal merchants and agricultural and building supplies. Storage of historical tare weights can be recorded manually or electronically.
Indication prior to rounding – P
Inspection means the act of testing equipment that bears a Mark of Verification; with a view to issuing a Certificate of Accuracy. Testing is to be completed using the ‘on inspection’ MPE as prescribed in Schedule 3 of the Regulations.
Inspection work means the testing of weighing or measuring equipment that is verified and tested using the “on Inspection“ errors specified in Table 9 of the Weights and measures Regulations 1999, certification work has the same meaning.
Instrument is any device used to weigh or measure goods; interchangeable term with ‘equipment’.
Linear errors means a series of errors that are able to be represented by a straight line when plotted on a graph.
Load receptor is part of the weighing instrument intended to receive the load (either placed or suspended).
Management Representative is the person nominated in accordance with Schedule 7, Clause 4 of the Regulations.
Measuring equipment means any weights, measures, and weighing or measuring instruments, as per Schedule 7, Clause 1 of the Regulations.
Negative value or below Zero is -ve.
On board weighing instrument is a weighing system mounted on a vehicle and used to determine the weight of a load (either added or removed) carried by a vehicle.
Quality Management System (QMS) is a system of operation for exercising or performing the powers, functions, and duties of an Accredited Person.
Secondary indication means an indication, signal and / or symbol that is not the primary indication.
Secretary under this legislation refers to the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. This authority is delegated to Trading Standards.
Substitution load is a constant load which is used instead of Working Standards of mass to complete a verification or inspection test on a weighing instrument, as per Clause 3.7.3 of OIML R76.
Tare value is the weight of an empty vessel prior to being filled with goods.
Test sheet means the form that is completed by an accredited individual when completing a verification or inspection test on a weighing or measuring instrument; interchangeable term with ‘test report’ & ‘test record’.
The Act refers to Weights and Measures Act 1987.
The Regulations refers to Weights and Measures Regulations 1999.
The Secretary refers to the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment; this authority is delegated to Trading Standards.
Verification means applying the Mark of Verification (MOV) as specified in the Weights and Measures Act 1987.
Verification report is a certificate issued by Trading Standards, which confirms a weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument as a Working Standard; interchangeable term with ‘calibration certificate’.
Verification scale interval value means the difference between the values corresponding to two consecutive scale marks or indicated values.
Verification scale interval is e
(Number of) verification scale intervals is n (maximum capacity of weighing instrument) / (verification scale interval value)
Verification work in relation to measuring instruments means the testing of measuring instruments to the errors specified in tables 12 and 13 in the Weights and Measures Regulations 1999.
Verification work in relation to weighing Instruments means the testing of new or repaired weighing instruments to the “on verification “ errors specified in Table 9 of the Weights and measures Regulations 1999.
Weighbridge means a weighing instrument used to determine the weight of a load carried by statically weighing the vehicle on the load receptor.