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Weights and Measures


Short Weight or Measure?

All goods, whether pre-packed or not, should be of the correct weight or measure stated on the packaging or indicated on the premises

If you have purchased any goods from a shop, supermarket, public house/off licence, petrol station etc, or you have had goods delivered ie. solid fuel, building material etc. and you feel you have been given short weight or measure, please notify us via the contact details above.

Verification Bookings for Weighing and Measuring Equipment

This service is only for business use and is for the testing and stamping of weighing and measuring equipment before it is used for trade purposes.  Use the contact details at the bottom of this page to make an appointment. 

Request Testing/Calibration of Weighing and Measuring Equipment

This authority will test or calibrate any weighing and measuring equipment or other equipment and provide detailed test results and certificates of accuracy.

This service can be used by business or public, for which a charge will be made based on an hourly rate.  Use the contact details at the bottom of this page to arrange for a quotation. 

For any trader or business who wishes their weighing or measuring equipment or premises to be inspected for trading standards purposes.

In addition, the Division offers a certificate of accuracy for weighing and measuring equipment or intoxicating liquor measuring equipment which lasts for a twelve-month period and for which a small charge is made. Use the contact details at the bottom of this page to arrange an inspection.

Request a Talk/Education Matters

The division will give talks to any business, consumer group, school or any other organisation on the work carried out by the Trading Standards service. To request a talk, please use the contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

Advice on Average Quantity Systems

This service relates to trade/business only.
The average system is a weights and measures control for most pre-packed goods. Packages must be marked with the weight or volume of the contents and packers and importers must work to three rules.

  1. The contents of the packages must not be less, on average, than the nominal quantity (i.e. that marked on the label).
  2. Not more than one package in forty may contain less than the nominal quantity by more than an amount known as the tolerable negative error. This varies according to the quantity stated on the package.
  3. No packages are allowed to contain less than the nominal quantity by more than twice the tolerable negative error.

For more information, advice or to request a visit, please contact us using the details at the bottom of this webpage.

Contact Information
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Trading Standards and Consumer Advice
Tame Street Depot
Tame Street
Stalybridge
Tameside
SK15 1ST