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An Overview of OIML Certification

OIML certification are granted to businesses engaged in selling weight or measure in the international market after going through various processes of evaluation and test reports by the concerned authority.

The International Organization of Legal Metrology, also commonly known as OIML, is an international standard-setting body that regulates and develops a standard that legal metrology authorities and industry have to follow in the case of exporting goods in multiple nations.

OIML played an important role in harmonizing national laws and regulations on the performance of various instruments such as clinical thermometers, alcohol breath analysers, radar measuring instruments, etc. Meanwhile, India became a member of the OIML in 1956, the same year India signed the Metric Convention. India is the 13th nation that can now issue OIML certification to both domestic and global manufacturers.

What is an OIML Certificate?

For every business or individual selling weighs or measures instruments in the international market, it is mandatory to obtain an OIML certificate from the authorized country eligible to issue one. OIML certification is a single certificate accepted worldwide.

List of Countries Authorised to Issue OIML Certification

The list of countries that are eligible to issue OIML certification are Australia, Switzerland, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Slovakia and India. Thus, manufacturers may apply for this certification from any of the issuing authorities on this list.

Benefits of OIML Certification

India has gained several benefits after becoming one of the nations authorized to issue OIML certifications. Given below is the list of benefits of this certification:

  1. Increased Exports

It has reduced the trade barriers by easing the formalities for exports, thus expanding Indian manufacturers' possibility to reach the global market.

  1. Earnings of Foreign Exchange

This OIML certification facility in India attracts foreign neighbouring countries and various other international manufacturers. Subsequently, it increases the number of international clients seeking an OIML certification service, resulting in foreign exchange earnings in India.

  1. Employment Generation

The government of India, in order to meet this demand for international metrological certification services, is expected to open employment opportunities in the legal metrology department.

  1. Resource Efficiency

Maintaining a streamlined certification process will reduce unnecessary redundancy and thus save valuable time and resources, ensuring efficiency.

  1. Cost Savings

Now, domestic manufacturers can export weighing and measuring instruments worldwide without incurring any additional testing fees, resulting in significant cost savings.

What are the Objectives of OIML?

The objectives of OIML are as follows:

  • To increase efficiency by cooperating with the legal metrology stakeholders across the globe and the related documents that are used by the legal metrology departments.
  • To reduce the trade barriers and costs in a global market by providing a mutual recognition system.
  • To represent the interest of the legal metrology community to international organisations and various other forums related to metrology, standardization, certification, testing, and accreditation.
  • To facilitate by promoting knowledge and competencies within the global community of legal metrology.
  • To cooperate with other metrology bodies, and to raise awareness on sound legal metrology infrastructure to align with the needs of the modern economy.
  • To determine or identify the areas for the OIML to improve its work efficiency and effectiveness.

Instruments Eligible for OIML Certification

This OIML certification is granted to manufacturers engaged in weighing and measuring instruments. Some of the common list of instruments eligible for this certification is as follows:

  • Weighing Scales
  • Water meters
  • Gas meters
  • Taxi meters
  • Check Weighers
  • Speedometers
  • Agricultural measuring
  • Health-related devices
  • Active Electrical Energy Meters
  • Continuous Totalizers
  • Sound Level Meters
  • Load Cells
  • Cryogenic Liquids
  • Focimeters
  • Sound Calibrators
  • Speech Audiometry
  • Non-invasive automated sphygmomanometers
  • Weighing road vehicles in motion
  • Ergometers for foot crank work
  • Automatic rail-weighbridges

Steps for the OIML Approval Process

If you are seeking to obtain an OIML certification, you must follow the given below steps for the OIML approval process:

  • The applicant must file an application before the NMI (National Metrological Institute) of the respected member country of OIML, such as India.
  • The applicant shall submit the model to the OIML.
  • After the successful submission of the said application, OIML shall conduct the appropriate testing of the model in the OIML laboratory.
  • In case of any queries or deficiencies raised by the concerned OIML department, the same has to be fulfilled by the applicant immediately.
  • After successful testing of the said model, the OIML laboratory will forward the report to NMI.
  • Based on the report, NMI (National Metrological Institute) will grant the applicant the OIML certification through the OIML-CS Portal.

Recent News on OIML Certification

On September 14, 2023, the Union Consumer Affairs Ministry announced that India is authorised to issue OIML certification to manufacturers engaging in and measuring instruments that are globally accepted as per the Paris-based International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML). India is now the 13th nation that can now issue OIML certification to domestic and global manufacturers for selling weights and measures anywhere in the world.

Fees for OIML Certification

We, at Legal Metrology Consultants, charge between Rs.30,000/- to Rs.40,000/- including documentation and professional charges.

Timeframe for Obtaining OIML Certification

The timeframe for obtaining OIML Certification is two to three months, depending on the documentation and testing period conducted by the concerned authority.

Why Choose Legal Metrology Consultants?

Legal Metrology Consultants is a firm that provides services related to LMPC or OIML certification. We have a team of expert professionals with 10+ years of experience in the space of legal metrology. We provide assistance in acquiring OIML certification to various sectors of businesses, ensuring that their weights and measures are aligned according to the Legal Metrology laws and regulations.

We shall deliver our service in the most efficient, time-bound manner with an effective result, ensuring customers' highest satisfaction.  With decades of experience in legal metrology advisory, we have gained this knowledge and expertise in dealing with simple to complex cases, providing the most convenient, hassle-free solutions.

Frequently Ask Questions

OIML stands for International Organisation of Legal Metrology.

The Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs is responsible for the OIML certificate in India.

Yes, India is the 13th country eligible to issue or grant OIML certification under the legal metrology division, Department of Consumer Affairs.

The headquarters of OIML is in Paris, France.

For people who are engaged in selling weights and measures anywhere in the world or the international market, an OIML certification is mandatory, and it must be obtained from the Department of Consumer Affairs.

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