The purpose of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 (PCR) is to regulate pre-packaged commodities. Under the PCR, pre-packaged commodities must comply with certain mandatory labelling requirements.
On 29 June 2017, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has approved amendments to the PCR (PCR Amendments). The PCR Amendments are aimed at enhancing consumer protection and will come in to force with effect from 1 January 2018. This time has been provided with a view to provide breathing period to the manufacturers/importers to exhaust their current inventory.
Key changes made by the PCR Amendments are:
-Mandatory declarations on good displayed on electronic platform
-Medical devices to mandatorily mention MRP amongst other declarations
-One Product, one price – No dual MRP
-Labelling of food products is governed under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (FSSA) and the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011.
-The PCR Amendments also make it mandatory for all packaged commodities to have increased font size to enable users to read them easily before consumption. Bar Code/QR coding is allowed on a voluntary basis.
-It is also mandatory to mention “best before” date on the label along with name of the country of origin or manufacture of assembly in case of imported products.