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12 February 2019

Breathalysers: changing the OIML recommendation

From 13 to 15 February 2019, some 40 participants representing some 20 countries will meet in Paris to propose a revision of the international recommendation OIML R126 on alcohol meters.

Facilitate exchanges within the global legal metrology community

The International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML) is an intergovernmental organisation whose objective is to promote and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise within the global legal metrology community and to develop regulatory models, standards and related documents for use by legal metrology authorities and industry.

It proposes recommendations that each member country is free to transpose and apply through its national regulations.

Ethylometers, measuring instruments that are part of legal metrology, are the subject of OIML Recommendation R126. The objective of this Directive is to harmonise practices concerning their manufacture and approval. In order to take into account the evolution of the latest technologies in alcohol meters, OIML wishes to develop this recommendation. This is the question that will be discussed at this international meeting organized by LNE as OIML Co-Secretary and France's representative in this body.

LNE a major player in the field of alcohol meter verification

LNE has been involved for many years in the field of verification of breathalysers and breathalysers (screening instruments) since it developed the 1st French standard NF X 20-701 in 1986. It has also developed a test bench simulating a human breath that allows the verification of alcohol meters according to current regulations. In addition, he is the Chairman of the European and French Standards - Ethylotest domain at Afnor and the OIML R126 Co-Secretariat with the PTB.