Subject:-The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) (Amendment) Rules, 2017 vide Notification No. GSR 629(E) dated 23rd June, 2017- Advisory for smooth Implementation-
ITÂ is directed to refer to the amendments made in the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 vide GSR629(E) dated 23rd June, 2017, the advisory issued on 19.12.2017 to allow the industries to use old packaging material till 31.3.2018 and the permission granted on 2.1.2018 to enable old stocks to be cleared upto 31.1.2018 which was further extended upto 28.2.2018 for better implementation of rules.
Now, on representations received, manufacturers/ packers/ importers are allowed for putting stickers/ tags/ online printing etc. upto 30/4/2018 for making the mandatory declarations required under the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules,2011.
2. On the further representation of the industries Associations, it is requested that:
(i) Efforts may be made to give wide publicity to the provisions of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 so as to spread awareness amongst manufacturers/ packers/ importers and retailers etc.
(ii) The initial enforcement steps may only be in the nature of investigation surveys. Any deficiency noticed should be brought in the notice of the concerned. This is being suggested to provide a opportunity to manufacturers/ [ packers to update their label declarations. It is expected that in the initial period there should be no prosecution for the shortcomings in the labeling requirements in case of font size, if it is not affecting the consumers in anyway.
(iii) The Enforcement Authorities of your State may accordingly be advised for due compliance of the above guidelines.
(iv) The above permission is extended upto 30.4.2018 for better implementation of rules.
3. This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.