Utilities industry; application for recognition as an inspection body to perform calibrations

Only state-approved test centers for measuring instruments for gas, water, heat or electricity may calibrate these measuring instruments.

Description

The Bavarian State Office for Weights and Measures can grant private companies, upon application, the authority to calibrate measuring instruments for gas, water, heat and electricity for the utility industry in accordance with the Calibration Act and the Calibration Ordinance.

For this purpose, the company must provide and maintain test rooms, test stands and senior test center personnel that comply with the calibration regulations.

In the recognition procedure, the Bavarian State Office for Weights and Measures verifies that the requirements are met. With a certificate of recognition and a final operating license, as well as after public appointment and commitment of the leading test center personnel, the test center receives the authority to perform calibrations.

Prerequisites

The testing laboratory must have suitable testing rooms, recognized testing equipment and competent personnel in accordance with § 43 MessEV.

Deadlines

The recognitions of the inspection bodies, which were granted until 31.12.2014 according to the (old) Verification Ordinance, remain valid until 31.12.2016 at the latest (§ 62 MessEG).

All inspection bodies that wish to continue to operate in this field must apply for new recognition in accordance with § 42 MessEV.

Required documents

  • Application for recognition

    is sent free of charge by the Bavarian State Office for Weights and Measures

  • Order application

    is sent free of charge by the Bavarian State Office for Weights and Measures

  • test space plan

    informal

  • Normal equipment list

    informal

  • Submission of necessary documents for the test centre director and deputy:

    • Application for appointment
    • Certificate of good conduct
    • Certificates of competence
    • Proof of professional competence by means of training certificates (§ 43 Measuring Ordinance)
    • Certificate of competence of the German Academy for Metrology (DAM)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Proof of relevant professional experience by means of corresponding activity certificates
    • Declaration of approval by the institution (form will be sent free of charge by the Bavarian State Office for Weights and Measures)
    • Certificates and proof of competence from the respective training bodies

  • Proof of suitable test rooms, room allocation plans (§ 43 MessEV)
  • Proof of suitable test facilities and standard devices recognized by the PTB, submission of a list of standard devices (§ 43 MessEV)
  • Estimation of the expected scope of testing (§ 43 MessEV)
  • The applicant (body responsible for the inspection body) must offer the assurance that

    • the body responsible for the inspection body is entered in the commercial register
    • he is able to compensate the damage due to his liability arising from breaches of official duty by the staff of the Enforcement Panel (proof of liability insurance is required)
    • he/she can raise sufficient funds for the maintenance and proper operation of the inspection body

Fees

  • The following costs are calculated in accordance with the Verification Costs Ordinance:
    • Recognition costs depending on the expected scope of testing per year: approx. 1980 to 4620 Euro
    • For the qualification test of the personnel in charge of the testing laboratory: 243 Euro per person.
    • For the appointment and commitment of the leading inspection body personnel: 96 Euro per person.
    • For ongoing monitoring, depending on the number of measuring instruments tested: 1650 to 6270 euros per year.

Remedy

Administrative court proceedings; information

administrative claim

Status: 12.09.2022

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