To ensure a coherent application of the measuring instruments directives, the Commission and WELMEC (European Cooperation in Legal Metrology) prepared a set of guidance documents - see Commission statement to WELMEC on cooperation (27kB).
The Commission's working group 'measuring instruments' that comprises representatives of authorities, European federations, notified bodies and European standardisation organisations approved the guidance documents. A representative of the Commission services chairs the group.
Status of the guidance documents
The guidance documents are a not a legally binding interpretation of the directive. The legally binding text remains that of Directives 2014/31/EU and 2014/32/EU. However, the guidance documents represent a reference for ensuring consistent application of the directives by all those involved. Guidance documents are conceptual in their set-up and give a general context allowing to answer any questions of application that may arise.
Guidance document on transition under Directive 2004/22/EC
In reaction to many questions by stakeholders about the transition period mentioned in Article 23 of Directive 2004/22/EC, the Commission services have presented a guidance document (22 kB) which has the agreement of all authorities. It offers a common approach to what is essentially the responsibility of each authority in the understanding that diverging approaches could lead to a less than smooth transition.