Legal Metrology Registration

Legal Metrology Registration

Legal Metrology Registration | LMPC Certificate for Import

The Legal Metrology Act, 2009 (‘LMA’) was introduced in order to safeguard consumer interests and rights. Effective April 01, 2011, LMA establishes and enforces standards for packaged products. Legal Metrology Registration law is applicable to all packaged products which are manufactured/imported and sold in ‘packed form’ in the Indian market.

Legal Metrology Registration (LMPC Certificate for Import) Can be Applied in Two Capacities

  • Manufacturer/Packer
  • Importer

Products that pertain to the “weight & measures” category, like weighing machine and thermometer, fall under the category of Weights & Measure which needs to take four different registrations from the legal metrology registration department, i.e.

  • Model Approval
  • Packaged Commodity Registration
  • Import License
  • Dealership License

Products that are not falling under the category of the “Weights & Measure Certificate” category need to take only the ‘Packaged Commodity Registration' from the department.

  • Model Approval Certificate: It is applicable only on products that fall underweight & measurement category. This model approval registration shall be granted by the Central Government. We need to submit the sample in the lab to test if it is according to Indian standards or not.
  • Packaged Commodity Registration: This is applicable to all the packaged commodities which are to be retailed to end consumers. Manufacturers/Importers need to provide relevant product information on packaged goods. This information needs to follow the guidelines defined in the rule. This Packaged Commodity Registration shall be granted by both state and central government. 
  • Import License: Once model approval is done, we have to apply for Import License for that approved model from the legal metrology registration department. This registration shall be granted by the state government where the goods will be imported.
  • Dealership License: If the importer is importing a product and selling it with the same brand name then he must get the dealership license from the Legal Metrology Department. The Dealership registration shall be granted by the central/state government where the company is registered.

How ASC Can Helps You to Obtain a LMPC Certificate for Import & Model Approval Certificate?

  • Assistance in obtaining Legal Metrology certificate in various capacities, i.e., as an Importer / Manufacturer / Packer
  • Advisory in preparation of application and arrangement of Model Approval Certificate (applicable for “Weights & Measure Certificate” products)
  • Arranging Issuance of Dealership License / Manufacturing license and assistance in the stamping of products
  • Provide consultancy regarding Legal Metrology and Weights & Measure Certificate laws and assistance in drafting MRP stickers.
  • Consultancy for Director’s Nomination and issuance of Nomination certificate as per Legal Metrology applicable rule. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Law under Legal Metrology Registration Act?

Legal Metrology treats units of weight and measurement, methods of weighing and measurement, and weighing and measuring instruments in relation to the mandatory technical and legal requirements which have the object of ensuring public guarantee from the point of view of security and accuracy of weighing and measurement.
In order to ensure uniform enforcement of laws related to matters in Legal Metrology throughout 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.

Who is competent authority to grant legal metrology license?

The controller of the legal metrology registration department is the competent authority to grant the legal metrology license. Application for a license should be submitted to the Inspector of legal metrology who will inspect the firm and forward the same to the Controller of Legal Metrology with recommendations for consideration.

What are commodities covered under the Rules?

All pre-packaged commodities except otherwise exempted from the rules are covered under the Rules. The exemption is given for drugs, fast food items, and packaged commodities sold in packages up to 10g or 10ml.

Can a person use unstamped Weights & Measure Certificate?

No, Weights & Measure Certificate 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 licensed manufacturer/dealer of Legal Metrology Officer.

How can consumer ensure Weights & Measure Certificate standard?

Every weight & measure is manufactured as per the specification and model laid down by the Govt. of India. Weights & Measure Certificate used by the traders are verified & stamped by the Inspector of the legal metrology registration department, after due verification, with a seal for ensuring the integrity of the stamp of the Inspector and the quarter in which it is verified.

What is Pre-Packaged Commodity?

Pre-packaged commodity" means 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.

Is Legal Metrology rules applicable to imported Packages?

Yes, the Rules are applicable both to imported Packages as wells as the indigenous packages.

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Hi! I was wondering, if I'm importing in India some goods for retail, can I use the import date on the label or shall I use the manufacture date? Because I saw there was an amendment but then it seems to be reverted back ? Can the label have the import date instead of manufactured date?

Suraj Kumar

Your post raised some interesting points that I hadn't considered before... Thanks

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Details about modelapproval in weights&measures dept.

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