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India Amended Rules for Packaging of Electronics Products

The Department of Consumer Affairs amended the rules for electronics products packaging that has been manufactured, packed or imported after July 15, 2022.

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September 22, 2022

As per the original Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities), Rules 2011, certain mandatory details pertaining to products, manufacturers, importers, etc., are required to be declared on the product package itself. These details include the name of the manufacturer, packer or importer, whichever the case may be, the name and number or quantity of each product, the size and dimension of the commodity, as well as telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, etc. The Department of Consumer Affairs has now issued an amendment named Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) (Second Amendment) Rules, 2022. It has allowed manufacturers or importers of electronics products to declare certain mandatory details about the product either through a QR code or on the product packaging itself. This amendment has been made effective from the date of issuance of the amendment notification: July 14, 2022.

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The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 have been amended as follows:

(a) In sub-rule (1)

(i) In clause (a), before Explanation I, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:

“Provided that in the case of an electronic product which is manufactured or packed or imported after the 15th July, 2022, the package of such product shall, for a period of one year from such date, declare the name of the manufacturer or packer or importer, as the case may be, on the package itself and such declaration shall also inform the consumers to scan the QR code for the address and other related information, in case such information is declared through the QR Code and not declared on the package itself.”

(ii) In clause (b), the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:

“Provided that in the case of an electronic product which is manufactured or packed or imported after the 15th July, 2022, the package of such product shall, for a period of one year from such date, inform the consumers to scan the QR code for the common or generic name of the commodity and where such package contains more than one product, then for the name and number or quantity of each product, in case such information is declared through the QR Code and not declared on the package itself.”

(iii) In clause (f), the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:

“Provided that in the case of an electronic product which is manufactured or packed or imported after the 15th July, 2022, the package of such product shall, for a period of one year from such date, inform the consumers to scan the QR code for the size and dimension of the commodity, in case such information is declared through the QR Code and not declared on the package itself.”

(b) In sub-rule (2), the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:

“Provided that in the case of electronic product, which are manufactured or packed or imported after the 15th July, 2022, the package of such product shall, for a period of one year from such date, declare the telephone number and e-mail address, on the package itself and such declaration shall also inform the consumers to scan the QR code for other related information in case such information is declared through the QR Code and not declared on the package itself.”

Official sources

https://www.egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2022/237289.pdf

How to achieve conformity

Customers need to adhere to the relevant changes as mandated by the Department of Consumer Affairs through its gazette notification dated July 14, 2022.

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