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The International Organization of Legal Metrology is an intergovernmental treaty organization which
The OIML issues several categories of publications:
In addition, the OIML has developed the OIML Certification System (OIML-CS). Under the OIML-CS participants declare that they intend to accept and utilize OIML Certificates and/or OIML type evaluation reports from those participants that are entitled to issue OIML Certificates.
The OIML is an “international standard-setting body” in the sense of the World Trade Organization's Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement. OIML publications should therefore be applied, when appropriate, by all signatories of the TBT Agreement when developing technical regulations, in application of Article 2.4 of that Agreement:
"Where technical regulations are required and relevant international standards exist or their completion is imminent, Members shall use them, or the relevant parts of them, as a basis for their technical regulations except when such international standards or relevant parts would be an ineffective or inappropriate means for the fulfillment of the legitimate objectives pursued, for instance because of fundamental climatic or geographical factors or fundamental technological problems."