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Weights and Measures

The Weights and Measures Act 1985 provides a framework for the regulation of transactions based on quantity, including the  type and manner of quantity information to be provided, the quantities which may be sold and the units of measurement to be used and it provides powers to regulate measuring equipment used for trade.

The National Measurement Office is responsible for the Weights and Measures Act 1985 which is the main piece of legislation covering weights and measures controls in the UK

The 'quantity' issue

Trading Standards are responsible for making sure that all weighing and measuring equipment used for trade complies with the relevant legislation.

As well as dealing with quality issues we also deal with quantity, from checking the quantity control systems in food manufacturers, to making sure that you receive a full pint of beer , or a full litre of petrol at your local garage.

Trading Standards Officers go into premises such as bakers, butchers, and supermarkets to check that products are the correct weight and that any equipment being used (shop scales) are accurate.

If you are concerned about the weight or measure you are getting, please contact us. 

Contact Details

  • Name Trading Standards
  • Address People Directorate, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL
  • Telephone Consumers 03454 040506 or Businesses 01384 817997
  • Fax 01384 814455
  • Out of Hours Telephone Out of Hours Telephone Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: 03454 040506, Bogus Caller Hotline: 01384 812045
  • Opening Hours Opening times 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday only