Abbreviation for 'European Cooperation in Legal Metrology'. When the organization was founded, WELMEC stood for 'Western European Legal Metrology Cooperation'. Among other things, the cooperation promotes the exchange of information, the uniform application of European or international regulations, the elimination of trade barriers for measuring instruments and it records special aspects of legal metrology. For these purposes, WELMEC issues recommendations, the so-called 'WELMEC Guidelines', and maintains working relations with national and international bodies.
In addition to the 30 member states of the European Union and the European Free Trade Association (excluding Liechtenstein), WELMEC also includes Turkey and Croatia as associate members. There are also several observing and corresponding organizations, including the 'International Organization of Legal Metrology' OIML