Means that part Metrology which treats units of weighment and measurement, methods weighment and measurement and weighing and measuring instruments in relation to the mandatory technical and legal requirement which have the object of ensuring public guarantee from the point of view of security and accuracy of weighment and measurement.

In order to ensure uniform enforcement of laws related to matters in Legal Metrology through out the country, the Govt. has enacted : (1) The Legal Metrology Act, 2009, (2) The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, (3) The Legal Metrology (General) Rules, 2011, and (4) The Meghalaya Legal Metrology (Enforcement) Rules,2011.

Yes, the Department issues licence to the manufacturer, dealer and repairer of weights &measures for dealing in weighing & measuring instruments, the licence is a must.

Every weight &measures is manufactured as per the specification and model laid down by the Govt. of India. Weight & measures used by the traders are verified & stamped by the Inspector of the Legal Metrology Department, after due verification, with a seal for ensuring the integrity of the stamp of Inspector and quarter in which it is verified.

Controller of Legal Metrology Department is the competent authority to grant the licence. Application for licence should be submitted to the Inspector of Legal metrology who will inspect the firm and forward the same to Controller of Legal Metrology with recommendation for consideration.

Any person or a firm, which pre-packs any commodity whether in a bottle, tin, wrapper or otherwise in units suitable for sale, is a Packer. Packers need to get themselves registered with this Department.

Any commodity which, is placed in a package without the purchaser being present, of whatever nature, whether sealed or not, so that the product contained therein has a pre-determined quantity is a pre-packed commodity.

No, overcharging is an offence for which the trader can be prosecuted.

Means all the operations which are necessary for the purpose of determining the value of errors of a weight or measures and if necessary Verification and stamping of the capacity of the Vehicle Tank or its compartment or any equipment is called Calibration to determine the other Metrological properties of such weight or measures, also includes the actual fixing of the position of a gauge marks or scale marks may also be carried out with a view to permitting the use of weight or measures as a standard.

Name of Weights & Meaures Validity Period
Tank Lorries 24 Months
Cast Iron Weights 24 Months
Bullion Weights 24 Months
Sheet Metal Weights 24 Months
Counter Machine 24 Months
Capacity Measure 24 Months
Beam Scale 24 Months
Length Measure 24 Months
Electronic Scale 12 Months
Platform Machine 12 Months
Weighbridges 12 Months
Fuel Dispenser 12 Months
Storage Tank 5 Years
Dispensing Pump One year
Weights & Measures One year

For the facility to the Traders the Government has created four Quarters (A)i.e Jan. to March (B) April to June (C) July to September (D) October to December.
For example:- Any Weight or Measure got verified in January it can be re-verified up to next due (A) Quarter i.e, within January to March without any penalty.

The Controller, Legal Metrology is the competent Authority to grant. Registration as Packer/Manufacturer/Importer of packaged commodities.

Every person who either purchase or sells any Commodity in Pre-packed form should ensure that it bears the following declarations:-

Name and Address of Manufacturer/Packer/Importer.
ii. The common and generic names of the commodities.
iii. Net-quantity in terms of Standard Unit of weight or measure.
iv. Month & year of Manufacture/Packing/Import.
v. Sale price of item/packet as MRP Rs ____ (inclusive of all taxes).
vi. Expiry date in case of eatable item.
vii. Contact No. of the manufacturer/ packer or email address if available of the person who can be or the officer which can be contacted in case of consumer complaints.
viii. Affixing individual stickers is not permissible for making declaration under these Rules.

The followings are the mandatory declarations required on a packet which have been imported and available for sale:

  1. Name and Address of the Importer OR packer OR Manufacturer.
    ii. The common and generic names of the commodities.
    iii. Net quantity in terms of Standard Unit of weight or measure.
    iv. Month and Year of Packing/importing.
    v. Maximum Retail Price MRP Rs ..………. (Inclusive of All Taxes).
    vi. Contact no./ email of the manufacturer/packer/importer.
    vii. Declaration may be printed on a Label securely affixed to the package or on a package itself.
    viii. Declaration shall be printed in Hindi or in English.

The following are the items on which the PCR, 2011are not applicable:-

  1. Any raw material for the use of Industrial purpose only.
    2. Any part or material used in any Workshop, Service Station repairing bicycle, tricycle and Motor cycle.
    3. Fast food items packed by Restaurant/hotel and the like.
    4. Drugs/Medicines covered under Drug Control Order 1955. Scheduled and Non Scheduled formulation covered under the Drugs (Price Control) Order, 1995 made under Section 3 of Essential Commodities Act, 1955 (10 of 1955).
    5. Agricultural form products in packages of above 50 Kg.

No, weights or measure shall be sold or offered, exposed or possessed for sale or used or kept for use in any transaction or for protection unless it has been verified & stamped that too by a licenced manufacturer/dealer of Legal Metrology Officer.