Legal Metrology Registration: Brief Overview

Legal Metrology Registration under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs is mandatory for many businesses. The Legal Metrology Act in India minimizes the ill effects of weight & measurement errors and brings transparency and accountability.

The act specifies weighing and measuring standards, instruments, units & mandatory requirements with an objective to ensure accuracy and security of weights and measurements.
Implemented with effect from 1st April 2011, the Legal Metrology Registration Act was enacted with the objectives to establish and enforce standards of weights and measures, regulate trade and commerce in weights, measures, and other goods which are sold or distributed by weight, measure, or a number and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Legal Metrology Registration can be applied in 2 capacities:

  • Manufacturer / Packer
  • Importer
For products that pertain to weight & measurement like Weighing Machine fall under the category of weight & measurement, need to take 5 stage registration from the LM department
  • Model Approval
  • Packaged Commodity Registration
  • Import License
  • Dealership License
  • Stamping of products

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    Implementation and Jurisdiction

    The Government of India, Department of Consumer Affairs under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public distribution are responsible for defining and implementing Legal Metrology Standards in India.

    The Legal Metrology Act, 2009 was introduced under central jurisdiction as a model act, each state in India has a will to adopt the act with or without modifications. Some states in India have modified the act to regulate the issues and matters related to legal metrology Registration.

    Why Does Your Business Need Legal Metrology Registration?

    The Legal Metrology Act defines certain standards and regulations on the selling and distribution of packaged goods. This act also covers import goods. To conduct your business operations in an efficient & smooth manner and to establish consumer or buyer rights protection, you need to comply with the Act.

    • If you fail to comply with legal metrology and measurement system, your business might attract heavy fines and punishment. This might damage the overall performance of your business and cause you financial prejudice. Your brand name in the market may suffer from consumers losing confidence in your products.
    • As one of the renowned legal metrology weights & measurement consultants, we can help you comply with all the basic requirements and keep up with the complex ones as well.
    • Any transaction of goods, class of goods, or undertakings shall be made by such weights, measures, or numbers according to this Act.
    • A product shall be packaged is in specified standard quantities or numbers and bears thereon such declarations and particulars in such manner as may be prescribed.
    • As one of the renowned legal metrology weights & measurement consultants, we can help you comply with all the basic requirements and keep up with the complex ones as well.

    Some of the basic requirements to sell and distribute anything in Indian Market, as specified by Legal Metrology Act:

    Unit of weight or measure

    Every unit of weight or measure shall be in harmony with the legal metrology and measurement system based on the international system of units.

    Base units specified

    Length shall be the meter

    • Mass shall be the kilogram
    • Time shall be the second and so on
    • Every enumeration shall be made in accordance with the decimal system.

    Unit of quantity

    A person shall quote a price, publish the advertisement, and indicate the quantity of the pre-packaged commodity as specified in the Act.

    Reference standard

    Every reference standard, secondary standard, and working standard shall be verified and stamped in such manner and after payment of such fee as may be prescribed.

    Transaction of goods

    Any transaction of goods, class of goods or undertakings shall be according to the weights, measure or number as stated in the act.

    Product packaging

    A product shall be packaged in specified standard quantities or number and bears thereon such declarations and particulars in such manner as may be prescribed

    As one of the renowned legal metrology Registration weights & measurement consultants, we can help you comply with all the basic requirements and keep up with the complex ones as well.

    Registration Norms

    Section 23 & Rule 15

    Apply to the importer, manufacturer, repairer, a dealer who are dealing in the weight or measure instruments

    Under Rule 27

    Apply to manufacturer, packer, and importer of packaged commodities

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    • Legal Metrology Registration and License mentioned above except Registration under Rule 27 shall have a certain validity period after expiry of a certain period it should get renewed.
    • It is central-based registration, in other words, if any entity has a registration of one premise and also doing business from other places then it need not get registered the other place of business also.
    • After getting the registration the concerned entity will comply with this law regarding the packaging of product and weights and measurement instruments as directed in this Act and Rules thereon.

    Frequently Asked Question on Legal Metrology

    The Legal Metrology Act, 2009 was introduced in order to safeguard consumer interest and rights. Legal Metrology Registration treats weight and measurement unit, in relation to the mandatory legal requirement which have the object of ensuring public guarantee from the reference of security and accuracy of the weight and measurement;

    “Pre-Packaged Commodity” means a commodity is placed in a package of whatever nature without the purchaser being present, whether sealed or not, so that the product contained therein has a pre-determined quantity;

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    “Label” under Legal Metrology Act means any marked, written, stamped, graphic or printed matter affixed to, or labelled upon any pre-packaged commodity

    Retail sale price means a “retail dealer” in relation to any Packaged commodity who directly sells such packages product to the consumer and includes a wholesale dealer who makes such direct sale to the consumer.

    Yes, the Legal Metrology Registration Rules are applicable to both imported Packages and Indigenous Packages.

    All pre-packaged commodities except exempted product from the Legal Metrology rules are covered under the rules. The exemption is given for Fast food, Drugs items and those packaged commodities that are sold in the packages upto 10g or 10ml.

    The below-mentioned declarations are required to be given on all pre-packaged commodities meant for retail sale:

    1. Name and address of the manufacturer/packer/importer;
    2. Common or generic name of the product in the package form
    3. Net quantity, in terms of standard unit of weight or measure or in number;
    4. Month and year of manufacture/Packer/import
    5. Retail sale price in the form of Maximum Retail Price (MRP) Rs…Inclusive of all taxes;
    6. Consumer care details