Measuring alcoholic drinks in restaurants

Measuring instruments to be used in serving alcoholic drinks

Verified measuring instruments that comply with the Measuring Instruments Act shall be used in measuring the amount of alcoholic drinks.


Capacity serving measures

Capacity serving measures (transfer measures, also known as jiggers, such as 12cl, 8cl, 4cl, 2cl, 1.5cl or 1cl) must be inspected and verified before they are taken into service. A new verification is not necessary, if the verification stamp is readable and the measure is intact.


Traditional national inspection mark in alcoholic spirits measures consists of a picture of a crown, the last two digits of the year when the measure was calibrated (06), and the number of the body that performed the verification (xx).


  Marking indicating conformity with MID

Figure 1. Traditional national inspection mark.


National inspection mark of an alcoholic spirits measure

Measures approved according to the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) may also be in use, in which case they have a mark compliant with MID. Measuring instruments approved according to MID are equipped with a conformity marking that consists of the CE marking, a supplementary metrology marking (M), the last two digits of the year when the marking was affixed (such as 07) and the identification number of the notified body (such as 0000) (Figure 2).


 Conformity with MID

Figure 2. Marking indicating conformity with MID.

Meters for alcoholic beverages

Meters for alcoholic beverages (meters for spirits, wine, beer, cider and long drinks) must be inspected, or calibrated, once in every three years and whenever seals have been broken or there is a reason to suspect the meter’s accuracy.

Line measures for alcoholic beverages

Approved line measures for alcoholic beverages are an alternative to transfer measures and meters for alcoholic beverages.


Approvals of line measures issued according to the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) may apply to all serving sizes and various types of alcoholic beverages.


When using approved line measures for alcoholic beverages, the beverage must always be measured to the line.

Verification of measuring instruments for serving alcoholic beverages

Inspections of measuring instruments for serving alcoholic beverages are indicated in the following table.

Table 1: Measuring instruments for serving alcoholic beverages and respective requirements





Type approval and verification of measuring instruments according to national rules

Requirements of
measuring instruments
according to MID


Measuring instruments

Type approval

Initial verification

Declaration of conformity


Optic (non-drip) measures




Meters for beer/cider





Meters for alcoholic spirits





Transfer measures (for spirits and wine)


Line measures for serving alcoholic drinks



1 These measuring instruments are not covered by MID, and national type approval and initial verification requirements still apply.

2 Measuring glasses that are approved for serving beer and cider and comply with valid national approvals may be taken into service up to 2016. After that, only line measure glasses that comply with MID may be taken into service.

Scheduled verification

 The Finnish verification mark is a sticker affixed to the measuring instrument, indicating the time of the verification. 


Verification performed 


Figure 3. Mark for a performed verification. In this example, the verification has been performed in January 2012.


   Sealing mark           



Figure 4.The Finnish sealing mark


Official in-service verification may be performed and the respective marking affixed only by an approved inspection body. If seals are removed or broken by a brewery or otherwise, the performed verification becomes void.

Monitoring of measuring instruments used in serving alcoholic beverages

Tukes and alcohol inspectors of the Regional State Administrative Agency supervise that only legal measuring instruments are used when serving alcoholic drinks.


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