PC Amendment Rules, 2017

The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Amendment Rules, 2017 was notified vide notification no. G.S.R. 629(E), dated the 23rd June, 2017. These Rules will be effective from 01.01.2018.

Salient features

  • E-commerce has been brought into the orbit of LM Packaged Commodities Rules. All E-Commerce entities shall make declarations as specified under Rule 6(1), except the date of manufacture, on the digital and electronic media used for e-commerce transactions. The responsibility of correctness of declarations will lie on the manufacturer, seller, dealer or importer and not on the e-commerce entity.
  • Minimum height of numerals and letters on the Principle Dispaly Panels have been increased.
  • It is prohibited to declare different MRPs for the same product for different outlets.
  • The name of the country of origin or manufacture or assembly in case of imported products shall be mentioned on the package.
  • Definitions of 'consumer', 'e-commerce' and 'e-commerce entity' have been added.
  • Definitions of retail sales price and institutional consumer have been modified.
  • The meaning of complete address given under Rule 10 (explanation) has been modified.
  • Under Rule 19(4)(a), the word 'statistical avarage' has been substituted by 'corrected avarage'. The calculation of 'corrected avarage' has been given under the newly added item no 10 [read with the items 8 and 9] of the Part II of the Sixth Schedule". Other clauses of the Rule have also been revised.
  • Rule 20 regarding "Action to be taken' has also been revised.
  • The Fifth Schedule has been throughly modified.
  • Compounding amount for selling of products above MRP has been omitted in the Table under Rule 32 [Now Rule 32A.]


PC Amendments Rules, 2016

The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Amendment Rules, 2016 was notified vide notification no. G.S.R. 858(E), dated the 7th September, 2016. The Rules are effective from the same date.

Salient feature

The Rules 5 and 6 have been modified to the extent that when the standard quantity and/or the retail sale price of any essential commodity is fixed under the provisions of The Essential Commodities Act of 1955, such fixations will overide the provisions of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules.


Circular on ready-made garments and hosiery products

The Director of Legal Metrology has issued a circular bearing no. WM-10(5)/2016 dated 16.12.2016 on labeling requirements for garments sold in loose form in retail stores.

From 01.07.2017, the following declarations will be required on loose garments:

  • Name/description of the product
  • Size - S, M, L, XL, etc along with details in cm or m as the case may be.
  • MRP
  • Name, Full address and Customer Care no. of the manufacturer.



Impact of GST on unsold stock of pre-packaged commodities

The Director of Legal Metrology iisued a circular bearing no. WM-10(31)/2017 dated 04.07.2017 allowing the manufactures/ packers/importers of pre-packaged commodities to declare the revised MRP to include the amount of tax due to GST, through stamping or affixing stickers or online printing.

  • The revised MRP should not exceed the original MRP by more than actual increase in tax.
  • The revised MRP sticker/stamp/printing must not cover the original MRP.
  • The revised MRP must be published through atleast two newspapers advertisements, information to the dealers and intimations to the Director and Controllers of all states/UTs.
  • This arrangement will be valid from 01.07.2017 to 30.09.2017.


Amendment of LM (General) Rules

The Legal Metrology (General) Rules have been amended vide G.S.R. 875(E) dated 09.09.2016.

An entry has been made under "Heading F" of the Seventh Schedule. The new heading describes Automatic Instruments for weighing road vehicles in motion and measuring axle loads.