Legal Metrology: Brief Overview
Legal Metrology Act in India
Legal Metrology act minimizes ill effects of weight & measurement errors. The act specifies weighing and measuring instruments, standards, units & mandatory requirements with an objective of ensuring public guarantee from the point of view of accuracy and security of the weights and measurements.
Implemented with effect from 1stApril 2011, the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 (1 of 2010) consists of a preamble that is as follows:
“An act 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 weights, measure or number and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto”.
Implementation and Jurisdiction
While the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 introduced under central jurisdiction has been enacted as a model act, each state in India has a will to adopt the act with or without modifications. A few states, however, have validated their own act to regulate the issues and matters related to legal metrology.
Why Your Business Needs Legal Metrology?
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.
Basic requirements to sell and distribute anything in Indian Market, as specified by Legal Metrology Act
Every unit of weight or measure
Every unit of weight or measure shall be in accordance with the legal metrology and measurement system based on the international system of units.
A person shall quote a price
A person shall quote a price, publish the advertisement, and indicate the quantity of the pre-packaged commodity in accordance with this Act.
Every 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.
Any transaction of goods
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Any transaction of goods, class of goods or undertakings shall be made by such weights, measure or number according to this Act.
A product shall be packaged
A product shall be packaged is in specified standard quantities or number and bears thereon such declarations and particulars in such manner as may be prescribed.