Law of Calibration and Measurement

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The Law of Calibration and Measurement attached with the Council of Ministers Resolution No. 164 dated 25/3/1384 AH, concerning the addition of Paragraph (B) in Article (3).

 

Article (1)

The decimal system of measurement shall be applied all over the Kingdom; taking into consideration that the scope of measurements shall include the units of length, weight, volume and area. The Council of Ministers shall have the right to delay the date of activating such a Law, and the Minister of Commerce and Industry may exclude some desert areas and small villages, if required.

 

Article (2)

Decimal units of measurement are:

a) Length units, namely, meter and its derivatives.

b) Weight units, namely, kilogram and its derivatives.

c) Volume units, namely, liter and its derivatives.

d) Area units, namely, square meter and its derivatives.

 

Such units shall be linked to their equivalent international standard units.

 

Article (3)

a) Calibration and Measurement Centers shall be established in Riyadh, the branches of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI), and the departments established in municipalities for the same purpose. Such centers shall be subject to the technical supervision of the Calibration and Measurement Department; given that the venue jurisdiction of such centers shall be determined by a decision issued by the Minister of Commerce and Industry. The relation among such centers, the administrative bodies, and municipalities shall be determined by a decision issued by the Minister of Commerce and Industry and preceded with the approval of the Ministry of Interior.

b) The Minister of Commerce and Industry shall take the necessary measures to secure the basic forms of the standard units referred to in Article (2) of this Law. These forms should be consistent with the internationally-approved forms and shall be reckoned as the main reference in the application of the provisions of this Law.

 

Article (4) 

The forms referred to in the Article hereinbefore shall be sent to the Calibration and Measurement General Department at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry; taking into consideration that the local forms existing in the branches of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry shall be calibrated according to the basic forms, while the inspection forms existing in all calibration and measurement departments all over the municipalities of the Kingdom shall be calibrated according to the local forms. When calibrating or conforming, the units and equipment shall be stamped with a unique signet; given that, the main form of such a signet shall be placed in the Calibration and Measurement General Department, and a photo-copy thereof shall be placed in each branch of MCI branches. 

 

Article (5) 

The net ingredients, estimated in the decimal units of measurement, should be visibly placed on the package of the commodity or on any commodity, manufactured, sold, or imported into the Kingdom or being traded on the basis of the unit of length, weight, or measure. 

Any commodity, exported from a country not using the decimal system, may be imported into the Kingdom, provided that the ingredients thereof are estimated in accordance with the units of the exporting country; however, such commodities shall be internally traded in accordance with the decimal units of measurement.

 

Article (6) 

a) The person, who uses a standard unit or equipment not conforming to this Law or not stamped by the concerned authority, shall be subject to a fine of not less than SR 100 and not exceeding SR 1,000. That is to be added to confiscating the unit or equipment subject of the violation. The possession shall be deemed as a proof on the usage, if the holder is concerned with trading and weighting. 

 

b) The violator of the provisions of the Article (5) shall be subject to a fine of not less than SR 1,000 and not exceeding SR 5,000. That is to be added to terminating the violation at its expense.

 

Article (7) 

Any person using a standard device or equipment with a false signet, knowingly, shall be subject to a fine of not less than SR 1,000 and not exceeding SR 20,000 and/or imprisonment for a period not less than 1 month and not exceeding 1 year. The forged or counterfeited devices and equipment shall be confiscated; given that, the forger shall be subject to the same penalties mentioned in this Article and its equipment used in this purpose shall be confiscated. 

 

Article (8) 

The fees of calibrating and stamping the measurement units and equipment shall be as the following: 

1. Quarter of a Saudi Riyal for each measure, of any kind. 

2. SR 1 for each scale of less than 20 kilograms. 

3. SR 3 for each scale not exceeding half a ton. 

4. SR 5 for each scale of more than half a ton. 

 

Article (9) 

The Minister of Commerce and Industry shall issue the required resolutions and bylaws to implement this Law. 

 

Article (10) 

This Law shall come into force as of Muharram, 1385AH (corresponding to May, 1965AD). ​


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