Monitoring Compliance of Servicing Licensees and Verifiers

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) has recently enhanced its programs to monitor servicing licensee and verifier compliance with the regulatory requirements for verification of trade measuring instruments.

NMI is using information from a range of data sets, including verification notifications (Form 6s), test reports and trade measurement inspections, to help target those licensees and verifiers with the greatest risk of non-compliance.

NMI Inspectors are undertaking verifier instrument audits, including test report evaluations, to check the work of licensees and verifiers.

In addition to checking that verifications are being carried out in accordance with relevant instrument test procedures, areas of particular focus for NMI’s compliance monitoring include:

  • verification notifications (Form 6s) not being submitted, including those not being submitted within the required 14 days
  • test reports for complex measuring instruments not being submitted
  • verifiers performing verifications without a statement of attainment for the appropriate instrument subclass
  • licensees performing verifications without the appropriate instrument class being nominated on their licence.

NMI is committed to ensuring the laws related to instrument verification are being followed correctly and encouraging improved licensee and verifier behaviour where required. Penalties for persistent and/or severe breaches can include an infringement notice with associated fine, and/or suspension or cancellation of a servicing licence.

Information on NMI Cost Recovery Policy and Fee Changes Implemented from 1 July 2019 

NMI undertook consultations recently on the draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement 2018-2019 (CRIS) paper on charging for NMI’s regulatory activities.

Feedback from the consultation was considered along with the Government’s cost recovery policy in developing the final CRIS, which includes fee increases for their regulatory services.

Summaries of the fee increases for Pattern Approval, Trade Measurement Licensing and Legal Metrology Authority Appointments are provided in the documents below. A comprehensive analysis of the proposed fee structures and their implementation is provided in the CRIS, now available on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website here: https://www.industry.gov.au/data-and-publications/national-measurement-institute-cost-recovery-implementation-statement

Amendments to the National Measurement Regulations 1999 and National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009 to implement the fee increases have now been promulgated and came in to effect from 1 July 2019.

If you require further information or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact NMI via email at NMIcostrecovery@measurement.gov.au or alternatively call +61 2 8467 3419.

Summary of Legal Metrology Authority Appointments fee changes
Summary of Licensing fee changes
Summary of Pattern Approval fee changes

NMI Consultation Extended

NMI Consultation Extended:
Deadline for comment on Measurement Law Review
discussion papers is now 23 June 2019

Public consultation on the second set of discussion papers for the Measurement Law Review (the Review) has been extended until 23 June 2019. If you are interested in providing a response to the papers, please make your submission by the above date.

The issues examined in the three discussion papers include:

  • What measurements should apply when buying particular goods or services (Measurement-Based Transactions)
  • How we can safeguard confidence in the measuring instruments used to price those goods and services (Measuring Instruments)
  • How to ensure our measurements are consistent with international standards (Traceable Measurements).

You are invited to review and respond to the papers on the department’s consultation hub:
https://consult.industry.gov.au/measurement-law-review/measurement-in-everyday-life/

Two further discussion papers concerning Third-Party Arrangements andCompliance Arrangements will be released later in the year.

If you have any questions regarding the review, please call 1300 686 664 or email measurementlawreview@industry.gov.au

WIAA has prepared a draft submission that members are welcome to use as a basis for their submission. If you would like a copy of these submissions, please contact the WIAA office.