What Is The Model Approval Under Legal Metrology?
As per section 22 of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 the Legal Metrology Department issued approval for the model. Model Approval in India under the legal metrology Act 2009 is a certificate issued to the manufacturer and importer for approving the weight and measurement products. This certificate indicates that the product is as per the Indian metrological standards. According to section 22 of the Legal Metrology Act the manufacturer or importer of the product has to obtain the model approval from the central government through its Department of Legal Metrology, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, located in Delhi. Without valid model approval usage or selling or manufacturing or importing of any kind of weight or measure is illegal.
The model approval is required by two kinds of applicants:
It is pertaining to note that any importer of weighing and measuring items does also require to obtain the dealer license. It may be possible that any importer of weighing and measuring instruments may be able to import such weight and measurement items in India without the requirements of dealership license, but to sell such weight and measurement items it will certainly require the dealer license.
1 – Manufacturer and
2 – Importer of weight and measuring products can get the model approval.
Any person who is a manufacturer or importer who wants to obtain the Model Approval can consult ELT Consultants of Legal Metrology for an accurate and fast process.
Approval of Model Under Section 22 of Legal Metrology Act, 2009
The Legal Metrology Act, 2009 states the process and everything about the model approval which has to be obtained by the manufacturer or the importer while dealing in the Indian legal metrology. Section 22 of the Act states the following:
Every person before manufacturing or importing any kind of weight or measure shall seek the approval of a model of such weight or measure from the Legal Metrology Department, Central Government, Delhi.
For the approval of the model of weight and measure the applicant is required to pay the prescribed fee as described by the concerned authority.
On what items Model Approval Under Legal Metrology is not Required?
Approval of the model may not be required in the following cases:
in case of any cast iron
Length measures (not measuring tapes)
Which are ordinarily used in retail trade for measuring textiles or Timbers
Capacity measures (Not exceeding 20 liters incapacity)
Which are ordinarily used in retail trade for measuring
Model Approvals on the Basis of the foreign model approvals
If the prescribed authority is satisfied that the model of weight or measure has been provided in any country outside India conforms to standards established by or under the act of legal metrology, the prescribed authority may approve such model without any test or after the test if he may deem fit which means that if the model approval, in any case, is approved outside India under the act of legal metrology then the respective authority needs not to require any kind of test of weight or measure to provide the model approval. But it is just an option available with the authority if in case authority deems fit that the tests should still be conducted of the weight and measure then the authority can do so.
How to obtain model approval under legal metrology?
The model approval to the applicant will be issued only if the product meets the Indian metrology standards. However, the standard application process includes the following:
Documentations/ document submissions
Process of Getting Model Approval in India
To get the model approval the Legal Metrology of India has provided 2 methods that are based on the two factors. The first one is whether the applicant is an Importer or the applicant is a Manufacturer. The process of getting model approval in India is given below:
Model Approval for Manufacturer
If the applicant for the model approval is a manufacturer, then it is mandatory to get the product test by the Directorate General of the Legal Metrology Department of India. The steps for the manufacturer to obtain the model approval in India are given below:
Fill out the application form
Have all the required documents
Submit the application form along with all the documents
Submit the sample product to the legal metrology department
The department of Legal Metrology will conduct the initial inspection of the documents
After the inspection of the documents is done the department will forward this sample to its laboratory concerned for testing
If the department of Legal Metrology finds the product is fit and as per the regulatory requirements then the manufacturer will get a Legal Metrology certificate for the model approval.
Model Approval for an Importer
If the applicant for the model approval is an importer, then in such case the testing of the product is not required and the Process which has to be complied with by the importer is given below:
Fill out the application form
Have all the required documents handy
Submit the application form along with all the required documents to the Legal Metrology department
Provide this sample of the product to the legal metrology department
The department of Legal Metrology will inspect all the documents of the applicant
In case no error is found in the document submitted by the importer the model approval certificate will be issued to the importer.
Documents Required for Model Approval in India
To get the model approval in India the applicant is required to provide the following documents:
Certificate of Incorporation
Two passport size photographs of the applicant
Description of sealing provisions of the product
Other business licenses about the applicant’s business
Diagram of weight and measuring product
If the applicant is an importer, then he must provide the declaration which states that no changes were made to the product before its sale in India
Receipt of model approval fees details of the Display Panel of the package
Eligibility Criteria for Model Approval Under Legal Metrology
Under the Rules and Regulations of the legal metrology model approval, the manufacturer or the importer needs to meet the regulatory requirements of the legal metrology department. Only after the proper compliance with the act, the applicant will get the approval to deal in the Indian market.
There are two ways of model approval of measure and weight under the Legal Metrology. The approval is given by the Legal Metrology Department, Central Government, Delhi. Any manufacturer or importer can get the model approval in two ways and the two ways as described above. Any person who is a manufacturer or any person who is an importer who is importing any kind of prepacked commodity anywhere from outside India need to require to get the model approval from Central Government. If there is already the approval given to the weight or measure outside the country under the same act of Legal Metrology, then if the authorized authority may want to test the model, then they can test the model otherwise according to their wish if the they deem fit then the tests of the model is not necessary.
There are two kinds of model approval which describe the proper procedure under the act with the specified fees given under the act of legal metrology Rules, 2009 and the prescribed manner of the test which has to be done by the central government. If any person who wishes to deal with Legal Metrology commodities in the Indian market has to take the model approval from the authorized authority if in case you want to get any kind of assistance then none other than the group of ELT Consultant of Legal Metrology can help you out in a fruitful way.