Equipment used for weighing and measuring
This section contains information on how to get your current weighing and measuring equipment verified by an Accredited Person, and how to apply for an approval for a new type of weighing or measuring instrument.
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What equipment your business can use
Under the Weights and Measures Act your weighing or measuring equipment must be of an approved type, and be verified and stamped.
Selecting equipment for manufacturing or packing
There are a number of factors to consider when selecting weighing or measuring equipment for your manufacturing or packing process.
Applying for a type approval
If you're wanting to use weighing or measuring equipment for trade in New Zealand it must be approved for trade, or you'll need to apply for trade approval.
Search the approval certificate register
This register is a searchable database of all certificates of approval issued by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE).
Using and maintaining your equipment
Once you've selected an approved type of weighing or measuring equipment, you must use it correctly and ensure it remains accurate.
Certificate of Accuracy
If you sell by weight or measure, a Certificate of Accuracy for your weighing and measuring equipment is useful, but not compulsory.
If you're using a weighbridge for trade purposes, it must be approved by Trading Standards and comply with the below requirements.
Visits from Accredited Persons
An Accredited Person can test, verify and certify your weighing and measuring equipment to make sure it complies with the Weights and Measures Act and Regulations.
- Find an Accredited Person
Trading Standards inspections
Trading Standards Officers regularly inspect goods that have been manufactured, packed or imported. Inspections may be carried out on a proactive basis, or in response to a consumer complaint.