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Legal Metrology

Over the last 30 years the NSC “Institute of Metrology” and its Scientific Centre for Reference Materials and Legal Metrology have been placing high emphasis on legal metrology activities. These activities include establishing regulations in the area of legally controlled metrology which places measurements, measurement units, measuring instruments and measurement procedures under state control to assure the uniformity of measurements. The experts of the institute actively participated in the development of the Law of Ukraine on Metrology and Metrological Activity, version of 1998, (hereinafter referred to as the Law of Ukraine) as well as the Law of Ukraine in force since 1 January 2005.

With the Law of Ukraine coming into effect the need emerged for a whole number of by-laws and regulations to be drawn up.

At this point the experts of the institute have developed about 20 national standards and other normative documents regulating various rules and norms of the legal metrology including:

  • terminology;
  • national primary and secondary measurement standards;
  • state metrological certification;
  • verification and calibration marks;
  • measurement procedures;
  • verification and calibration procedures etc.

Harmonization with the documents of the International Organization of Legal Metrology (ОIML), the International Standardization Organization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the mainstream in the development of the normative basis. As a result 10 OIML documents (D), 10 OIML recommendations (R), and ISO standards have been adopted as national standards.

Much effort is focused on the development of interstate normative documents on metrology within the Programme and Plans of the Scientific & Technical Commission on Metrology (STCMetr) of the Euroasian Interstate Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification (EASC). The institute takes an active part in the preparation and implementation of the Programme for the Development and Revision of the Basic Normative Documents of the State Measurement System the purpose of which is to harmonize legal metrology regulations in the CIS countries.

The results of the activities the institute performed on legal metrology were used to create and improve the normative basis of the state metrological system.