What is MID Approval and why do you need it.

What is MID Approval and why do you need it.
For a long time, gas and electricity meters only had to meet the 1986 Gas Act and the 1989 Electricity Act. But since October 2006 things have changed.

What has changed?
In 2006, the European Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) came into effect. The directive was produced combining the requirements of 10 different measuring types (including many active meters). As recently as 2016 the directive has been changed again.

What does it mean for you?
It means that if you own a commercial property you need to ensure all of your gas and electricity meters have MID approval. Without approval, you may not be following the metering rules and regulation.

The MID rules apply to main incoming and sub-meters where the sub-meters are being used to re-charge electricity to tenants. If your sub-meters are non-MID approved then the tenant has the right to stop paying invoices unless this has been structured and mentioned within the lease agreement. 

How do you identify if your meter is MID approved?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of commercial property owners out there that don’t know if they have MID approval or not, but checking is simple. MID approved gas and electricity meters are identifiable by specific markings. Somewhere on the meter, you will be able to find the CE marking, MID marking (which is made up of the letter ‘M’) and the year of manufacture. There will also be a four-digit code identifying the body that approved the meter. If you can’t find these markings, then DB Group can help you to confirm if they are MID or not.

How can DB Group help?
Recently, our DB Enviro team helped a property management company comply with the MID directive. They were unaware of the legislation surrounding tenants and landlords, so our team helped them identify meters that had been installed after 2016 but were not MID approved. We ensured that the meters were replaced to meet the regulations, ensuring the company didn’t fall foul of any rules.

Find out more
If you’re still unsure whether you need MID approval, you’ll find comprehensive details directly from the government guidelines: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mid-approved-gas-and-electricity-meters 

If you need a guide to get you through the potential fog of regulatory infrastructure, we are always happy to help. Call us today on 0330 058 3405 or email us on info@dbgroupeurope.com.