Laws and Regulations Committee

The Laws and Regulations (L&R) Committee is dedicated to the development of uniform models for voluntary adoption by the states.  These laws and regulations range from the basic weights and measures law to specific laws and regulations for weighmasters, commodity regulations, price scanners, unit pricing, engine fuel and automotive lubricants and more.  These model laws and regulations are published in Handbook 130, Uniform Laws and Regulations .

Additionally, the L&R Committee addresses test procedures for verifying the actual net quantity contained in packages offered for sale. These standards are published in  Handbook 133, Checking the Net Quantity of Packaged Goods .

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Subcommittees

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The National Conference on Weights and Measures established the Fuels and Lubricants Subcommittee (FALS), formerly known as the Petroleum Subcommittee, in 1992 to provide advice and technical guidance to the Laws and Regulations Committee on model laws and regulations concerning engine fuel quality, petroleum products, and automotive lubricants.

The subcommittee is responsible for developing Handbook 130 Section III.C Uniform Engine Fuels and Automotive Lubricants Inspection Law, Section IV.G Uniform Engine Fuels and Automotive Lubricants Regulations, and specific subsections in Section IV.B Method of Sale Regulations related to fuels and automotive lubricants.  Other publications were developed, such as the Petroleum Laboratory Guide which provides jurisdictions a basic guide for establishing a testing laboratory.

Subcommittee membership includes the public members, petroleum and alternative fuels industry, automotive engineers, engine manufacturers and technical advisors.  Meetings are held annually, or as needed and are open to all NCWM members and other registered parties.

The subcommittee will develop and submit its recommendations to the Laws and Regulations Committee for consideration by the NCWM membership.

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Formed in 2011, the Packaging and Labeling Subcommittee (PALS) provides advice and technical guidance to the Laws and Regulations Committee.  It serves to improve technical expertise, develop model standards, and respond to difficult questions of interpretation or application of model laws and regulations and how the correlate with federal laws.

Specifically, the subcommittee is responsible for developing items for the Packaging and Labeling Regulation and Method of Sale Regulation in Handbook 130 and the test procedures for checking the net contents of packaged goods found in Handbook 133.  The charge of the subcommittee is to: 

  • Regularly review NCWM agenda items and draw on industry expertise to form consensus positions for advancement during open hearings of NCWM.
  • Discuss current issues and new trends in the marketplace and develop proposals to address them in the model standards.
  • Serve as a resource for the Laws and Regulations Committee to develop items and provide expertise.
  • Report directly to the Laws and Regulations Committee in open hearings of the NCWM and throughout the standards development process.

Subcommittee membership is open to public members, representatives of industry involved in packaging and marketing consumer products, and technical advisors.  The subcommittee typically meets twice a year in conjunction with NCWM Interim and Annual Meetings. These meetings open to NCWM members or other registered parties.

The subcommittee will develop and submit its recommendations to the Laws and Regulations Committee for consideration by the NCWM membership.

Task Groups

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The National Conference on Weights and Measures established the Cannabis Task Group in the fall of 2017 to create uniform guidance for States, the District of Columbia and territories as legalized sales of Cannabis spreads.  As of July 2018, nine (9) states and the District now have legalized recreational Cannabis and thirty (30) states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal Cannabis.  These numbers are expected to grow.

The task group is working in 5 different areas:

  1. Suitability of scales
  2. Method of Sale
  3. Package and labeling of products
  4. Safety for inspectors
  5. Moisture Loss of prepackaged product.

The Cannabis Task Group will be working with both the Specification and Tolerances Committee and the Laws and Regulation Committee.  The products of this effort will be included in NCWM Interpretations and Guidelines for Cannabis.

Task group membership includes public members, scale industry, Cannabis trade groups and other associate members.  Meetings are held in conjunction with NCWM Interim and Annual Meetings or as needed and are open to all NCWM members and other registered attendees.

This task group will submit its recommendations to the Laws and Regulations and Specifications and Tolerances Committees for consideration by the NCWM membership.