Legal metrology means that part of the metrology which treats units, methods of weighment and measurement instruments, in order to maintain the legal requirements of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009.
Legal Metrology on Pulse Oximeters
If any seller, Manufacturer or Importer wants to deal in the Pulse-Oximeters then they have to comply with provisions of the legal metrology Act, 2009. Recently the Legal Metrology department of Srinagar had booked three drugs’ stores for selling the pulse-Oximeters in contravention of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, these are following contravention made by the three drugs stores and the distributors:
- They are selling the imported Pulse-Oximeters without declaring the maximum retail price.
- They are selling the imported Pulse-Oximeters without declaring the Month and year of Import.
- They are selling the imported Pulse-Oximeters without declaring Importer address and customer care details.
- They are selling the Pulse-Oximeters between the range of Rs.1000 to 2000 and they have bought the Oximeters from the distributors between Rs 600 to Rs 1200.
Under the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, the manufacturer, seller or importer must mention the above details. The medical stores do not have the right to sell medical devices or surgical equipment without complying the above rules. So the Legal Metrology Department of Srinagar imposed a penalty of Rs.25000/ on these medical stores and distributors because they were found to be in violation of selling pulse-oximeter without providing the requisite information as mandated by the Legal Metrology Act, 2009.
The objective of Legal Metrology Act, 2009 is to ensure consumer welfare from the point of view of security and accuracy of the weighments and measurements.The Legal Metrology is very confusing to understand. It is recommended that whenever applicant wants to obtain the Legal Metrology they must obtain the expert advice.
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