|Scope of application:||• Regulation implementing the rules concerning checks on measuring instruments in use and surveillance of measuring instruments conforming to national and European standards;
• applies to checks on measuring instruments which must meet national and European standards, used for legal measuring purposes, without prejudice to Article 3(3) and the clarifications concerning the scope of application of the legislation implementing the European directives on measuring instruments;
• the body that performs periodic checks on measuring instruments following submission to the Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce (Unioncamere) of the Certified Notification of Business Start-Up (SCIA) after obtaining accreditation pursuant to one of the following standards or subsequent revisions: 1) UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17020:2012 – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection; 2) UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 – General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories – as calibration laboratory; 3) UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17065:2012 – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes or services, and subsequent revisions;
• for market surveillance of instruments which must meet European standards, the following provisions apply: a) the functions of authority responsible for market surveillance of instruments which must meet European standards, referred to in Article 16(2) of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 which establishes rules regarding accreditation and market surveillance, are performed by the Ministry of Economic Development, making use of the Chambers of Commerce as competent local authorities for metrological controls, in accordance with Article 14 of Legislative Decree No 22 of 2 February 2007, as amended by Legislative Decree No 84 of 19 May 2016; b) the purpose of market surveillance is to ensure that instruments placed on the market or imported have undergone the necessary procedures to check compliance, that the requirements in terms of marking and documentation have been met, and that the instruments have been designed and manufactured in accordance with the requirements laid down in the relevant standards;
• for testing purposes, Chambers of Commerce may use calibration laboratories accredited by appointed bodies, within the meaning of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, in accordance with the standard UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 – General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, and subsequent revisions;
• in order to simplify and harmonise the procedures and the obligations to be fulfilled by national measuring instrument manufacturers with those to be fulfilled by measuring instrument manufacturers who come under EU standards, where changes are made to the software for customisation and management adjustments which are metrologically irrelevant and therefore not subject to metric control, the manufacturer does not have to file, with the relevant division of the Ministry of Economic Development, the new executable program and the declaration referred to in point 1.2(a) and (b) of Circular No 62 of 17 September 1997 of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Craft. 2. Measuring instruments which are approved in Italy or Europe may be subject to periodic checks, including if the main component has been replaced during a repair, as long as said repair does not make any changes to the instrument likely to compromise its compliance. 3. For measuring instruments falling within the categories of instruments covered by Annexes MI-001 to MI-010 of Legislative Decree No 22 of 2 February 2007, already in service on 31 October 2016 with approval according to Italian or European standards already in force before Directive 2004/22/EC, if the plate bearing the regulatory information is missing, illegible or lacks the ‘first check stamp’, the body restores the information using an adhesive label which disintegrates if an attempt is made to remove it, applying the label near the original regulatory information and securing the label with its own seal. Within 10 days from the restoration of the regulatory information, the owner of the instrument requests a periodic check, if this has not already been done at the time the information was restored, and once said request has been made it can use the instrument until the check is performed.