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The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011

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The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011:


Context:

Importers of medical devices, used particularly for providing oxygen support to Covid-19 patients, are now allowed to import these devices without prior mandatory declaration for the next three months.

Background:

The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, make it mandatory to get the approvals prior to the import.

But, considering the pandemic situation of COVID-19 and to meet the demand of (sic) medical devices, the Central Government has given permission.

About the Legal Metrology Act 2009:

  • The Department of Consumer Affairs, administers the Legal Metrology Act 2009.
  • The act provides for application of legal requirements to measurements and measuring instruments.
  • The objective of Legal Metrology is to ensure public guarantee from the point of view of security and accuracy of the weighments and measurements.
  • The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities), Rules 2011 are primarily intended to ensure that the consumers are able to make informed choices by being informed of essential declarations on the pre-packed commodities.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. Overview of the act.
  2. Prior permission.
  3. Exemptions.

Sources: PIB.