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What is Legal Metrology?

Legal metrology is a branch of metrology that primarily deals with a variety of units of measurement and weightage, diverse types of weightage and measuring, instruments of weightage and measuring within the statutory legal and technical requirements established to make sure the security and safety of weightage and measurements for the general public.

Type of measuring instruments and equipment;

1. Dipping Type cylindrical Measures
2. Dispensing Measures
3. Liquor Measurement equipment.
4. Milk/Water measurement equipment
5. Metallic measure
6. Folding Scales
7. Plastic tape
8. Steel tape
9. Surveying chains
10. Platform Machine
11. Equal Arm machines
12. Graduated Scale
13. Digital Scale
14. Beam Scale
15. Counter machine

16. Rectilinear scales
17. Beam Scales or mass scales
18. Automatic Rail Weighbridge
19. Automatic Gravimetric Instrument
20. Totalizing hopper weightier
21. Water Meter
22. Moisture meter
23. Gas Elimination Devices
24. Volumetric Container Type Liquid measuring devices
25. Clinical thermometers
26. Clinical Electrical Thermometers
27. Non-Invasive Automatic Sphygmomanometer
28. Non-Invasive Automatic Sphygmomanometer
29. Taximeters
30. Compressed Gaseous Fuel measuring systems for vehicles

Frequently Asked Questions
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Legal metrology is a branch of metrology that primarily deals with a variety of units of measurement and weightage, diverse types of weightage and measuring, instruments of weightage and measuring within the statutory legal and technical requirements established to make sure the security and safety of weightage and measurements for the general public.
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Yes, the legal metrology Department issues license to the manufacturer, dealer and repairer of weights &measures for dealing in weighing & measuring instruments, the license is a must.
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Controller of Legal Metrology Department is the competent authority to grant the license. Application for license should be submitted to the Inspector of Legal metrology that will inspect the firm and forward the same to Controller of Legal Metrology with recommendation for consideration.
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Every weight &measures is manufactured as per the specification and model laid down by the Govt. of India. Weight & measures used by the traders are verified & stamped by the Inspector of the Legal Metrology Department, after due verification, with a seal for ensuring the integrity of the stamp of Inspector and quarter in which it is verified.
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‘Packer’ is defined as the person or the firm that carries out a commodity in wrapper, tin or bottle or in any manner that is suitable for the same of product either in retail or wholesale.
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‘Pre-packaged Commodity’ refers to a product which has been present in a package of any nature, sealed or not, sent without a purchaser so that the commodity within the package has a pre-determined quantity.
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No, overcharging is an offence for which the trader can be prosecuted.
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The Controller, Legal Metrology is the competent Authority to grant. Registration as Packer/ Manufacturer/ Importer of packaged commodities.
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Every person who either purchase or sells any Commodity in Pre-packed form should ensure that it bears the following declarations:- Name and Address of Manufacturer/Packer/Importer. ii. The common and generic names of the commodities. iii. Net-quantity in terms of Standard Unit of weight or measure. iv. Month & year of Manufacture/Packing/Import. v. Sale price of item/packet as MRP Rs ____ (inclusive of all taxes). vi. Expiry date in case of eatable item. vii. Contact No. of the manufacturer/ packer or email address if available of the person who can be or the officer which can be contacted in case of consumer complaints. viii. Affixing individual stickers is not permissible for making declaration under these Rules
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The followings are the mandatory declarations required on a packet which have been imported and available for sale: i. Name and Address of the Importer OR packer OR Manufacturer. ii. The common and generic names of the commodities. iii. Net quantity in terms of Standard Unit of weight or measure. iv. Month and Year of Packing/importing. v. Maximum Retail Price MRP Rs ..………. (Inclusive of All Taxes). vi. Contact no./ email of the manufacturer/packer/importer. vii. Declaration may be printed on a Label securely affixed to the package or on a package itself. viii. Declaration shall be printed in Hindi or in English.
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It is mandated that no person or company shall from any other country import any kind of pre-packed commodity without first obtaining the import license from the Director in the prescribed manner after paying the needed fee for the application. It is in the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 that the provisions under which a person or company can obtain license to act as an importer of any other pre-packed commodity other than measuring and weighing apparatuses and devices.
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It is mandated that no person or company shall pack the pre-packed commodities without first obtaining the packer registrations from the Director in the prescribed manner after paying the needed fee for the application.
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No, A license issued or renewed under this Act is not saleable or otherwise transferable.
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It is necessary to display every certificate of verification granted under the Act at a conspicuous place in the premises where such weights or measures are being, or intended or likely to be used in any transaction or for protection.
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Whoever, being required to present any weight or measure for verification or re-verification, omits or fails without any reasonable cause to do so, shall be punished with fine which may not be less than two thousand but may extends to ten thousand rupees and such weight or measure can be seized on inspection.
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Yes, under sec.23 of Legal Metrology Act, 2009. No person shall make, manufacturer, repair, sell any weight or measure unless he holds a valid license.
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No, a person cannot use any unverified & unstamped weights &measure in any circumstances. He must use only weights & measures duly verified and stamped by the Legal Metrology Department.
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The provisions of this Act, in so far as they relates to the verification and stamping of weights & measures, shall not apply to any weights &measures which is: (a)Used in any factory exclusively engaged in the manufacture of arms, or ammunitions or both, for the use of the armed forces of the union.(b)Used for scientific investigation or for research (c)Manufactured exclusively for export.
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The following words or expression which tends to create an exaggerated, misleading or inadequate impression as to the quantity of the commodity contained in the package like minimum, not less than, average, about, approximately or other words of similar nature.
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