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Amendments to the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011

The Legal Metrology (packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 are framed to regulate the pre-packaged commodities. Under these rules, the pre-packaged commodities have to comply with certain mandatory labelling requirements. The Department has amended the rules, aimed to enhance consumer protection, but at the same time balancing with the requirement of ease of doing business. These rules shall be applicable from 01.01.2018.

Salient features of the amendments:-

• Goods displayed by the seller on e-commerce platform shall contain declarations required under the Rules like name & Address of the manufacturer, packer and importer, name of the commodity, net content, retail sale price, consumer care complaint etc.
• No person shall declare different MRPs (dual MRP) on an identical pre-packaged commodity, unless allowed under any law. This will benefit consumers at large as they are having complaint regarding dual MRP for item depending upon different type of public places like Cinema Hall, Airport, Malls etc.
• Size of letters and numerals for making declaration is increased, so that consumer can easily read the same.
• The net quantity checking is made more scientific, with introduction of e-coding.
• Bar Code/QR Coding is allowed on voluntarily basis.
• Provisions regarding declarations on Food Products have been harmonized with labelling regulations under the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006.
• It would become mandatory for medical devices to print/label MRP on the packages. Medical devices such as stent, valve, orthopaedic implants, syringe, Tools for operations etc. declared as drugs brought under the rules. Consumers at large were facing difficulty as prices of devices were sold according to the paying capacity of the consumer. Even after capping of MRP many companies were not displaying the same.
• The definition of Institutional Consumer has been changed to prevent any scope for commercial transactions/retail sale of commodities sourced by the institution for their own use.

Sources: Press Information Bureau, Business Standard