According to the French Committee of Weighing Industries (CoFIP), a prepackaged product is “a product […] packaged, outside the presence of the purchaser, in a package of any kind, covering it totally or partially in such a way that the quantity of product contained cannot be modified without opening or making a detectable change to the package, or a detectable change to the product”.
Thus, prepackages can be of variable or fixed weight. They are found in many industries, such as the chemical industry (household products, fertilizers, etc.), cosmetics (creams, perfumes, etc.), the food industry (meat, vegetables, dairy products, etc.), the pharmaceutical industry (medicines, etc.) or various industries such as construction (bags of cement, lime, etc.).
Pre-packaged products are subject to a strong regulation, sometimes complicated to understand. This regulation is based on the “Guide of good practices concerning the modalities of the internal metrological control to be carried out by the packers and importers of prepackaged products”, published by the General Directorate of Health and Safety and the General Directorate of Competition, Consumption and Fraud Control (DGCCRF).
Thus, we will see in this article how to apprehend the regulatory compliance with the DGCCRF guide for pre-packaged products.