Type Approval Procedures for Breath Alcohol Screening Devices

  • Published: Home Office and Forensic Science Service, 2004
  • Authors: Home Office and Forensic Science Service
  • Date Added: 15 Mar 2013
  • Last Update: 15 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

To describe the technical requirements in order to achieve type approval for new Breath Alcohol Screening Devices for police use in theUK.

Methodology:

The document summarises the procedure which must be followed by equipment manufacturers.

Key Findings:

  • Breath alcohol testing was introduced into the UK in October 1967 with the Road Safety Act 1967. This has been replaced by the Road Traffic Act 1988.

  • Similar provisions covering other modes of transport are included in the Transport and Works Act 1992 and the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003.

  • All three acts require Breath Alcohol Screening Devices to be type approved by the Secretary of State.

  • This document contains a description of the technical requirements to be met for consideration for type approval for new Breath Alcohol Screening Devices for police use in the UK.

  • It is intended to be a reference for manufacturers wishing to develop new devices.

  • The document contains details concerning the construction of Breath Alcohol Screening Devices, their operation and methods of testing prior to submission to the Secretary of State for type approval consideration.

  • Any appropriate technology capable of providing the functionality required in this guide may be suitable.

  • The document contains information on the requirements relating to the following aspects of operation:

    • General Considerations in the design of the product (e.g. safety of device etc)

    • Technical specifications (e.g. required accuracy, measuring range and the type of display)

    • Meteorological characteristics (accuracy of results at different operating temperatures)

  • The document appendices cover the detailed tests/trials that the equipment must pass before type approval can be given.

Themes:

Type approval, Breath Alcohol Screening

Comments:

Performance and procedural requirements rather than a research document.

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