The European Union (EU) Metric Directive 80/181/EC (2002) proposed to allow the use of only metric units and prohibit the use of any other measurements for products sold in the EU. Pursuant to the directive, metric-only labeling on packaging, advertising, catalogs and manuals would be mandatory beginning January 2010.
Numerous companies and organizations, including SPI, strongly opposed the directive citing the significant compliance costs:
As a result of that opposition, the European Commission (EC) issued a formal proposal to indefinitely postpone the metric-only marking requirements on September 10, 2007. That proposal was approved by the EC Parliament on November 29, 2007, and is currently awaiting adoption by the EC Council.
For more information on the EU Metric Directive: