Legal metrology covers all the regulations applied by the national or European authorities to guarantee the quality of measuring instruments used in:
These instruments are inspected and validated at several stages:
LNE provides services at national, European and international level.
LNE is a notified body for:
In accordance with French law (Décret of 3 May 2001), LNE is designated by the French Ministry of Industry to:
LNE is authorized to issue OIML certificates of conformity for 21 categories of measuring instruments.
If your measuring instrument is currently being developed or you wish to assess or review the conformity of one of its functions, LNE will perform a conformity pre-diagnosis covering some or all of the statutory requirements.
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Type examination comprises validation of the design of a measuring instrument on the basis of information supplied in an application file and - if required - examinations and tests performed on one or more samples of the instrument type. Following type examination, LNE issues a certificate stating that the instrument meets the requirements for its category. If applicable, the certificate will specify conditions for verification or use of the instrument.
To apply for type examination, you need to send LNE:
Note: If your application is for an instrument with integrated software, please complete the technical file as indicated in the software file guidelines - [software guidelines] (pdf - 97 kB)
If you wish to transfer or extend a type examination certificate, please fill in the form (french version only - pdf)
LNE ISO 9001 certification
Companies applying for quality system approval may also apply for ISO 9001 certification of their quality management system. This certification is extremely useful both for SMEs and for large companies whose certification needs concern different parties (buyers, local authorities, subcontractors, etc.). LNE provides a one-stop service optimizing both the time and the cost of the certification process.
> LNE ISO 9001 certification (french pdf - 860 kB)
LNE is authorized to issue OIML certificates of conformity for more than 20 categories of measuring instruments. It is also a signatory of a Mutual Acceptance Agreement covering load cells (OIML recommendation R60) and non-automatic weighing instruments (OIML recommendation R76).
The OIML international recommendations for which LNE may issue OIML certificates are listed on the OIML website.
Send LNE a full description of your instrument, by completing our application form (pdf - 29 kB)
For any new application for certification of measuring instruments, contact our customer service