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Direct Selling Companies to ensure compliance under Legal Metrology Act and Rules

October 21, 2020

The Deputy Director, Legal Metrology has issued a letter dated September 28, 2020 to the Direct Selling Entities with respect to the compliance of the provisions of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.

In the letter, the Deputy Director has directed that certain mandatory declarations are required to be made on all pre-packaged commodities in the interest of consumers like name and address of the manufacturer/ packer/ importer, country of origin, name of the commodity, net quantity, month and year of manufacturing/ pre-packing/ import. ‘best before or use by date, month and year’ of a commodity which may become unfit for human consumption after a period of time, retail sale price in the form (MRP) Rs…(inclusive of all taxes) and consumer care details.

The Deputy Director has requested compliance of the aforementioned provisions by the Direct Selling Entities and also submit copy of Registration certificate issued under Rule 27 of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.

Legal Metrology Provisions

The mandatory declarations included on pre-packaged commodities as given under Chapter –II- Provisions Applicable to Packages Intended for Retail Sale:

Article l6. Declarations to be made on every package. –

(1) Every package shall bear thereon or on label securely affixed thereto, a definite, plain and conspicuous declaration made in accordance with the provisions of this chapter as to-

(a) the name and address of the manufacturer, or where the manufacturer is not the packer, the name and address of the manufacturer and packer and for any imported package the name and address of the importer shall be mentioned.

(aa) The name of the country of origin or manufacture or assembly in case of imported products shall be mentioned on the package;

(b) The common or generic names of the commodity contained in the package and in case of packages with more than one product, the name and number or quantity of each product shall be mentioned on the package.

(c) The net quantity, in terms of the standard unit of weight or measure, of the commodity contained in the package or where the commodity is packed or sold by number, the number of the commodity contained in the package shall be mentioned.

(d) The month and year in which the commodity is manufactured or pre-packed or imported shall be mentioned in the package.

(e) the retail sale price of the package (Maximum Retail Price)

Rule 27 ‘Registration of Manufacturers, Packer and Importers

Rule 27 provides for the mandatory registration of manufacturers, packers and importers of pre-packaged commodities is deemed mandatory.

In view of  thereof, the Direct Selling Entities have to comply with the provisions as enumerated above and accordingly make mandatory declarations on pre-packaged commodity and ensure registration under Rule 27.

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