The Law of Ukraine

On Metrology and Metrological Activity

Date of Entry into Force:
March 13, 1998

The Law of Ukraine “On Metrology and Metrological Activity” (hereinafter referred to as “the Law”) defines legal grounds for ensuring the unity of measurements in Ukraine, regulates relations in the area of metrological activity and aims at protection of citizens and national economy from the consequences of inauthentic results of measurements.

The Law shall apply to central and local bodies of executive power, bodies of local self-government, enterprises (their associations), institutions, and organizations regardless of their type of ownership and the type of activity, which operate on the territory of Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as “enterprises and organizations”), citizens - subjects of entrepreneurial activity and producers (exporters), and foreign countries importing units of measuring equipment to the territory of Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as “foreign producers”).

The state metrological system shall ensure the unity of measurements in the country and aims at:
- implementing single technical policy in the area of metrology;
- economizing on all types of materials resources;
- raising the level of fundamental research and scientific developments;
- ensuring quality and competitiveness of domestic products, etc.

Ukraine shall apply measurement units of the International System of Units, accepted by the General Conference on Weights and Measures and recommended by the International Organization of Legal Metrology. According to the decision of the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Certification of Ukraine, Ukraine can also apply measurement units, which are not included into the International System of Units. Names of measurement units, multiples and quotients thereof, applied in Ukraine, indications and rules for writing them down shall be established by the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Certification of Ukraine. Characteristics and parameters of exported goods and services rendered for foreign countries can be presented in measurement units established by the customer. Reproduction and storage of measurement units for the purpose of transferring their dimensions to measuring equipment applied in Ukraine shall be ensured by state standard units. Database of standard units shall be developed and improved according to the state scientific and technical programs designed by the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Certification of Ukraine for the purpose of securing needs of Ukraine's economy and defense. The State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Certification of Ukraine shall be responsible for implementing tasks of these programs, technical level of state standard units and optimal structure of the standard units database.

Metrological Service of Ukraine shall consist of the State Metrological Service and metrological services of central bodies of executive power, enterprises and organizations. The State Metrological Service shall organize, carry out and coordinate activities aimed at ensuring the unity of measurements in the country, as well as exercises state metrological control and supervision over the adherence to requirements of the present Law, other normative and legal acts of Ukraine and normative documents on metrology.

State metrological control and supervision shall be performed by the State Metrological Service for the purpose of checking out the adherence to requirements of the present Law and other normative and legal acts of Ukraine, as well as normative documents on metrology. Objects of the state metrological control and supervision shall be units of measuring equipment, methods for carrying out measurements, and the quantity of goods packed in a package. The state metrological control shall apply to measurements, results of which are used in:
- works for ensuring protection for public life and health;
- oversight over labor safety;
- tax, banking and customs transactions;
- mandatory certification of products;
- registration of national and international sports records, etc.

Units of measuring equipment designated for serial production or for import to the territory of Ukraine in shipments shall be subject to state acceptance and checkout tests for the purpose of approving types of these units or overseeing their conformity to the introduced types and mandatory requirements of normative documents on metrology. The approved types of units of measuring equipment shall be entered into the State Register of Ukraine by the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Certification of Ukraine. Units of measuring equipment designated for household use and not subject to state metrological supervision shall not be subjected to state acceptance and checkout tests. The procedure for determining whether units of measuring equipment belong to the category designated for household use shall be established by the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Certification of Ukraine.

State metrological supervision shall be carried out by officials of the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Certification of Ukraine and its territorial bodies - state inspectors for metrological supervision. State inspectors shall be certified according to the procedure set forth by the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology and Certification of Ukraine. State inspectors shall carry out state metrological supervision adhering to requirements of the present Law, other normative and legal acts of Ukraine and normative documents on metrology. State inspectors shall be protected by the law during the implementation of their duties. The state shall guarantee protection of life, health, honor, dignity, as well as the property of state inspectors and their family members from criminal infringements and other unlawful actions related to the performance of their duties.

Metrological control and supervision shall be also carried out by metrological services of central bodies of executive power, enterprises and organizations in the area of their activity. Metrological supervision shall be carried out for ensuring the unity of measurements. Metrological control includes:
- metrological certification and calibration of units of measuring equipment;
- accreditation of calibration and measuring laboratories;
- metrological expertise of documentation and reports on scientific and research works and certification of methods for carrying out measurements.

Metrological supervision for ensuring the unity of measurements shall examine:
- condition and application of units of measuring equipment;
- application of methods for carrying out measurements;
- timely submission of units of measuring equipment for verification and calibration;
- adherence to requirements of normative documents on metrology, etc.

Activities of the State Metrological Services shall be financed at the expense of:
- the State Budget funds;
- revenues from carrying out state metrological control works, other metrological works and rendering metrological services;
- funds from carrying out scientific and research works and other revenues envisaged by the law.

According to Ukraine's international agreements, results of state tests, approvals of the type, verification, calibration and metrological certification of units of measuring equipment, and certification of methods for carrying out measurements performed in foreign countries may be recognized in Ukraine.
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