Introducing QR codes for declaring mandatory information on electronic commodities

August 10, 2022
Legal Metrology stores

By Rupin Chopra and Vidhi Chopra

As per the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, there are various compliances to be adhered to, with regard to labels of packaged commodities which are mentioned in Rule 6. The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 were amended via notification dated July 14th, 2022 and the amendments came into force on the date of publication of the notification.

Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities), (Second Amendment) Rules 2022

Vide the changes made to Rule 6 by the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities), (Second Amendment) Rules 2022, the Department of Consumer Affairs has permitted the electronics industry in case of electronic products manufactured, packed or imported after July 15, 2022, to declare mandatory declarations of the following details through QR codes for a period of one year, if not declared on the package itself:

– the name of the manufacturer, importer or packer;
– common or generic name of the commodity (in case of multiple products in a package then name and number or quantity of each product)
– size and dimension of commodity; and
– telephone number and email address,

This amendment is a step towards digitizing India, by way of adopting QR codes to provide consumer care contact information, MRP, etc. to the Consumers in digital form, thus adding a means to verify the authenticity of the product.

Consumers shall be able to scan the QR Code to view the declarations mentioned above (name and address of the manufacturer or packer or importer, the common or generic name of the commodity, the size and dimension of the commodity& customer care details except for the telephone number & e-mail address) and stay up-to-date in the digital era India is entering.

Nikitaa Rana, Intern at S.S. Rana & Co. has assisted in the research of this article.

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