Do you use measurement to work out your prices?

Do you price your goods or services using measurement? If so, your measuring equipment needs to be approved and verified by the National Measurement Institute (NMI).

Examples include using:

  • scales to determine the weight of meat to set meat prices

  • measuring tapes to work out the length of fabric and its price

  • petrol pumps to measure the volume of fuel and its price for vehicles.

Not all measurement equipment in business is used for trade. Examples of measurement equipment that is not used for trade include:

  • scales that businesses use internally for waste or stock management

  • clocks businesses use to schedule meetings

  • breathalysers that let you check your blood-alcohol content.

Approval from NMI

If you use measurement equipment for trade, its design must have NMI approval. You can ask if measuring equipment has NMI approval before you buy the equipment. To learn more, read NMI’s What are the next steps after patterns approval? (PDF 97KB) factsheet.

Verification from NMI

If you use measurement equipment for trade measurement, it must be verified by an NMI servicing licensee. For more information, check out NMI’s Servicing licensees page.

What are the benefits of using approved and verified equipment?

If you use approved and verified equipment, some of the benefits for you include

  • satisfying your customers by accurately filling orders

  • avoiding fines of up to $170,000 per offence

  • saving money by not unintentionally giving away product.

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