Metrology Act, 1996


21.—(1) Forbairt shall, with the approval of the Minister, provide, maintain or cause to be maintained such standards including facilities, equipment and reference materials as are considered necessary from time to time to facilitate the realisation and dissemination of the SI System of Units of measurement.

(2) For the purpose of subsection (1) Forbairt may, with the consent of the Minister, designate other organisations to be responsible bodies for the purpose of subsection (1) in specialised fields of measurement.

(3) The Director may prescribe the standards maintained under subsection (1) or (2) and the conditions of their maintenance, including traceability, custody and the intervals within which the values of standards shall be determined.

(4) Where any doubt arises as to the continued conformity of a standard with the appropriate permissible limits of error, the standard shall not be used until its value has been redetermined or it has been replaced by a standard conforming to the appropriate permissible limits of error. An up-to-date certificate of traceability shall be maintained in respect of every standard or set of standards maintained by the Legal Metrology Service or any organisation designated under subsection (2). In addition, where feasible, the standard shall be sealed to denote the calibration reference.

(5) For the purposes of this section, Forbairt may, with the consent of the Minister, declare that any standard shall cease to be such a standard, and the Director shall amend any regulation made under subsection (3) accordingly.