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Weights and Measures & Metrication



Transactions conducted by reference to units of quantity (weight, volume, length, area) are in most cases regulated by the Weights and Measures Act 1985 and its secondary legislation. CA is responsible for those provisions which are aimed at either (i) protecting the consumer against being sold shortweight; and (ii) providing consumers with information about the weight or volume of goods before they commit themselves to a purchase.

DTI's National Weights and Measures Laboratory is responsible for the provisions of the Act relating to measuring equipment and definitions of units of measurement.

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Metric Units of measurement are now used for most transactions regulated by the Weights and Measures Act 1985 (see above). In addition, it is Government policy to encourage the adoption of the metric system for other purposes, including for public administration.

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Last revise January 1999

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