The EU Metric Directive (80/181/EEC), that was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2010, has been modified to allow the continuation of both supplemental (U.S. customary, inch-pound) and metric units for consumer goods sold in the EU. The rule was published on May 7, 2009 in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The modified Directive instructs the European Commission to produce a report to the Parliament and Council regarding the smooth functioning of the internal market and international acceptance of SI units by December 31, 2019, including proposals where appropriate. Demonstrated progress will be important to achieve long-term acceptance of supplemental units in the EU. Modifying the U.S. Fair Package and Labeling Act (FPLA) to permit metric labeling is an example where greater international marketplace acceptance of SI units can be achieved. More information is available:
- View EU Metric Directive PDF (2010)
- View proposed modification to permit supplemental units PDF (November 2008)
- View EU Metric Directive Commission Services Working Document PDF (December 2006)
- View U.S. Government Comments to the EU Consultation PDF (February 2007)
- View Report of European Union (EU) Meeting on Metric Directives (2005)
- Packaging and Labeling (FPLA and UPLR)