The National Measurement Institute (NMI) has released its National Compliance Plan for 2021-2022 and fuel wholesale and retail features prominently in the list of focus and target industries, building on the successful compliance programs of the past two years.

The Bulk Fuel program will focus on compliance of bulk flow meter systems delivering fuel with a maximum approved flowrate of greater than 60L/min.  This program will see NMI visit a mix of fuel distributors, wholesalers and retailers being visited.  NMI have also indicated there will be a focus on farm and fishing trawler deliveries within the program.

The Fuel Retail program will continue to focus on measurement instrument calibration and verification targeting those sites not yet visited in the 2020/2021 program in addition to random revisits of previously visited sites.

Across both the Bulk and Retail fuel programs the fuel quality testing that has recently become the purview of the NMI will also be conducted, ensuring that all fuel meets the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000.

NMI are also part of the joint inspectors approach and through the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Health, will be inspecting compliance with the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 and regulations while onsite.

ACAPMA reminds all sites that at all times pumps, which are trade measurement instruments, must be; correct, calibrated and verified.  For more on the exacting requirements see; https://acapmag.com.au/2019/03/are-your-pumps-accurate-nmi-inspectors-visiting-sites-in-the-wake-of-startling-increase-in-pump-inaccuracy/

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