Point of sale systems (POS) are used for buying and selling goods and services. Australian businesses depend on POS systems for everyday trade. Customers expect them to be accurate and reliable.
Under trade measurement laws, POS systems connected to measuring instruments and used for trade must be:
A POS system:
A supermarket checkout is a POS system that connects to a scale and calculates price. POS systems connected to weighbridges provide drivers with tickets showing the weight of their load. Both have software and hardware components. They can connect to measuring instruments physically through cables or wirelessly.
Similar systems or devices that we don’t class as POS systems:
If you supply or design a POS system for trade use in Australia you must submit an application for pattern approval.
We assess POS system design in accordance with the requirements of NMI M 7 - Pattern Approval Specifications for Point of Sale Systems [423KB DOC] [362KB PDF].
We must also approve the connected measuring instrument. POS systems not connected to an approved measuring instrument do not need pattern approval. Similar systems or devices may need to meet other pattern approval requirements.
Once approved, we issue a certificate of approval for the POS system.
The certificate of approval:
A licensed verifier must verify a POS system before you can use it for trade.
The verifier will assess whether:
POS systems installed before 1 August 2012 do not require verification. See verification requirements in the Guidance Document for the Pattern Approval of Point of Sale Systems [279KB DOCX] [361KB PDF]
If you submitted a certificate of approval, you should ensure any changes to POS systems comply with the certificate.
If the certificate permits you can:
Changes to systems in use may require re-verification after the change. If the certificate does not permit the change, then you may need to seek re-approval or an update to your certificate.
POS system users and verifiers should check with the supplier or designer who submitted the certificate before making any changes. See the certificate for their details.
To confirm if changes require re-approval or re-verification, contact us at email@example.com
Last updated: 8 December 2020
Content ID: 66380