If you sell by weight or measure, a Certificate of Accuracy is useful but not compulsory.

About the Certificate

In addition to compulsory verification, owners can choose to get a Certificate of Accuracy. This certificate is valid for twelve months and re-examination is required before a replacement certificate can be issued.

It is optional for users of equipment to have Certificates of Accuracy. One benefit of renewing your Certificate of Accuracy every year is increased confidence that your weighing or measuring instrument is providing accurate and repeatable results. It also provides a 'defence' in situations where short weight or measure goods have been supplied.

The Certificate of Accuracy is a self-adhesive label which cannot be removed without being destroyed. The certificate shows the Accredited Person's number and expiry date of the certificate, and appears as follows:

Certificate of Accuracy

The label must be displayed in a prominent position on the instrument, in full view of the buyer.

How to get a Certificate

An Accredited Person (or Trading Standards Officer) can issue a Certificate of Accuracy on request. A fee is usually charged for this service.

Contact Trading Standards for more information on 0508 627 774.