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Weights and Measures Law UK Guide

The Weights and Measures Act 1985 provides trading standards for packaging and selling products. This section highlights key weights and measures regulations used in the United Kingdom.

Units of Measurement for Selling Products

Anyone selling goods and services must be using metric measurements (e.g. grams, kilograms, millilitres, litres).

The units of measurement law applies to the sale of almost all packaged or loose goods. The products you can still sell in imperial measures are:

Weights and Measures Regulations allow imperial measurement displayed alongside the metric measurement. But, the imperial version must not stand out more, or be more noticeable, than the metric measurement.

Local Weights and Measures Authorities (or LWMA) enforce weights and measures national legislation. You should contact your nearest Trading Standards office for further information.

Note: Different rules on weights and measures apply in Northern Ireland. Further information is available in the Weights and Measures (Packaged Goods) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011.

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