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International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML)

Overview: The International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) is an intergovernmental treaty organization whose membership includes Member States, countries which participate actively in technical activities, and Corresponding Members (countries which join the OIML as observers). It was established in 1955 to promote the global harmonization of legal metrology procedures. The OIML provides its Members with metrological guidelines for the elaboration of national and regional requirements concerning the manufacture and use of measuring instruments for legal metrology applications. Such products include weighting devices, taxi meters, speedometers, agricultural measuring devices such as cereal moisture meters, health related devices such as exhaust measurements and alcohol content of drinks. The OIML works closely with other international organisations, such as the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), to ensure compatibility between each organisation's work. The organisation has no legal authority to impose solutions on its members, but its recommendations are often used by member states as part of their own domestic law. As of 2013, approximately 60 countries had signed up as full members, and a further 60-plus as corresponding (non-voting) members, including all the G20, EU, and BRICS countries.

Specifications: Available at: http://www.oiml.org/en/publications/introduction

IPR Policy: Available at: http://www.oiml.org/en/publications/final-drafts/pdf/fdb-b7-e.pdf/view?searchterm=intellectual+property

Current Status: Active

Last Updated: June 4, 2014


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