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Legal Metrology and Petroleum Inspectorate

The activities of the NCRA’s Legal Metrology Inspectorate go to the heart of consumer demand for fairness in trade. In achieving a fair deal for all concerned, our inspectors are focused on achieving compliance by protecting the buyer’s interest whilst safeguarding the integrity of the seller. 

Empowered under the Weights and Measures Act of 1976, inspectors carry out detailed, routine checks on equipment such as scales, tanker wagons, high volume meters and dispensers at petrol stations. 

Sensitive scales, from analytical balances to simple hanging spring balances used in markets and shops and weigh-bridges with the capacity to weigh vehicles transporting several tonnes of food and non-food commodities, are checked and verified calibrated by the NCRA’s Legal Metrology Inspectorate.

Volumetric measurement tests are also conducted to accurately determine the volume of containers, ranging from single-serve retail containers through to industrial haulage and storage tanks.  

Pre-packaged goods at retail outlets are checked against standard samples to verify the accuracy of the declared weight of the product contents. 

The Legal Metrology Inspectorate also monitors LPG Cylinders. Inaccurate equipment and packaged products are withdrawn for corrections, re-testing and passing before being returned to trade.

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica was instructed by Cabinet Decision of August 2016 to establish a testing facility for petroleum products, and further, was directed by the Minister of Science Energy and Technology under the Petroleum (Quality Control) (Certification of Quality) Regulations, 2017 to test imported Gasoline, Automotive Diesel Oil, Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel and/or Ethanol.

The National Compliance Regulatory Authority samples and inspects the products. Upon receipt of satisfactory test results, issues a Certificate of Quality to licensed importers of Gasoline, Automotive Diesel Oil, Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel and/or Ethanol where such products meet the required standard specifications.