What does CECOD membership bring that companies would have difficulty to achieve otherwise?
In the world of fuel dispensing and industrial measuring equipment, in order to influence upcoming regulations and guidance, or simply to gain early insight into what will be appearing in the future, it is important to be on the right committees. Many of those relevant committees ONLY accept trade associations as industry members and do NOT accept individual companies. CECOD provides members with the latest information and a forum to contribute to what is happening and influence the changes in our industry.
At the European Commission
Explosion safety and metrology (weights and measures) are two essential disciplines within our industry. CECOD attend the wgATEX and wgMID committees at the European Commission. We gain early warning of upcoming changes to the ATEX and MID Directives and the associated guidance documents and, most importantly, we have an opportunity to voice any major concerns. This includes access to review the development of the well-known “Blue Guide on the implementation of EU product rules”. CECOD also successfully lobbied DG Environment at the Commission to mandate CEN to write European standards on Stage II vapour recovery system test methods, thus preventing numerous national approaches.
At WELMEC (European Legal Metrology)
CECOD attend the WELMEC working groups, who write guidance for the alignment of interpretation of weights and measures rules by MID certification bodies (Notified Bodies) and by market surveillance (enforcement) across all EU member states. We attend WG8 meetings related to the implementation of the Measuring Instruments Directive, WG10 meetings which are specific to liquids other than water (including fuel and AdBlue®), and WG7 meetings related to software. We do NOT just listen. We sometimes need to argue our position. We aim to bring trust to our members. We promote modern technology as we move to a world which will be built upon software, personal mobile devices, Cloud based applications, and intelligent vehicles.
Through our influence, we have ensured that WELMEC maintain a sensible approach to the marking and sealing of fuel dispensers and the identification of authentic software from original manufacturers.
At OIML (International Metrology)
CECOD participate in the OIML committees which write the R117 and R139 documents. R117 relates to liquid fuels including petrol, diesel, LPG and AdBlue and is the reference for weights and measures rules across much of the globe outside of N.America. R139 relates to gaseous fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG). CECOD were particularly active in writing the test requirements in R117-2 for meters, calculators and gas separators, and are currently engaged in the extension of R139 to improve the sections related to hydrogen fuel measurement. In 2018 we have gained a position as an observer on the OIML-CS Management Board in order to influence the latest OIML certification scheme.
Thinking of joining?
Firstly, all CECOD members should be committed to contribute technically to CECOD. We have very active technical committees, and encourage participation.
All European manufacturers or assemblers of “liquid and/or gaseous dispensing and measuring equipment for petroleum or other fuels” are eligible for membership of CECOD. These are companies who bring together a measuring system for which certification bodies can issue a Type Examination certificate, Certificate of Conformity, or similar.
Members may also be companies whose main activity is the manufacture in Europe of data acquisition and/or equipment for use in wet-stock management, payment systems, or Point-of-Sale where it is related to measurement of petroleum or other fuels. Also manufacturers of components to the above mentioned systems are eligible for membership of CECOD.
Full details are given in the CECOD Articles of Association. Applications for membership, or requests for a copy of the Articles of Association, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org