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The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011

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The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011:


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.


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.


Prelims Link:

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

Sources: PIB.