Overview of LMPC Certificate

Have you purchased your groceries from a local Kirana store before? Did you happen to see any particular weights being used for any particular commodity? Weights and measurements play a crucial role in human existence by guaranteeing the standards of quality, quantity, and fair value. To promote ethical business practices and protect consumer rights, the Indian government implemented the Legal Metrology Act in 2009. This law outlines the creation of benchmarks for weights and measurements and assigns distinct individuals the responsibility of ensuring adherence to these benchmarks.

Legal Metrology Act

The Legal Metrology Act of 2009 has implemented specific criteria for weights and measures, overseeing trade and business activities involving goods that are vented or circulated using weight, measurement, or numerical values. As a result, any producer or merchant involved in the transaction, sale, provision, or distribution of these commodities using such measurements, whether involving immediate payment, deferred payment, commission, compensation, or other valuable consideration, is required to acquire a Legal Metrology Packaged Commodity, LMPC License. This license applies to business proprietors themselves or intermediaries like commission agents, importers, and manufacturers, encompassing the sale, distribution, supply, or any other form of delivery involving weights or measurements.
 

The scope of the previously mentioned Act encompasses all pre-packaged goods that must undergo weighing and measuring based on the fundamental units outlined below:
 

Agile Regulatory Checklist distance - meter;
 

Agile Regulatory Checklistweight - kilogram;
 

Agile Regulatory Checklist time - second;
 

Agile Regulatory Checklist electric current - ampere;
 

Agile Regulatory Checklist temperature - kelvin;
 

Agile Regulatory Checklist brightness - candela; and
 

Agile Regulatory Checklist substance quantity - mole
 

Hence, it is prohibited for any individual to produce, mend, trade, or present for repair or sale any type of weight or measurement without possessing a valid LMPC Certificate provided by the authorized body. This requirement includes registration and supplementary adherence for packers, vendors, and notably for eCommerce enterprises involved in the trade of pre-packaged products. As the principal law overseeing pre-packaged goods, coupled with regulations concerning diverse areas such as national standards, model endorsements, and numerical values, its influence is far-reaching.

Type of Legal Metrology Certificates

Legal metrology registration can be sought in two capacities: as a Manufacturer/Packer or as an Importer. Goods categorized under "weights & measures," such as weighing machines and thermometers, are classified within the Weights and measures category.  However, products not falling within the "Weights & Measure Certificate" category only need to obtain 'Packaged Commodity Registration' from the department.

Model Approval Certificate:

This pertains exclusively to items falling within the weight and measurement category. The authorization for model approval is issued by the Central Government. To obtain this registration, it is necessary to submit a sample to the laboratory for testing against Indian standards.

Packaged Commodity Registration:

This applies to all commodities that are packaged and intended for sale to end consumers. Manufacturers and Importers are required to furnish relevant product details on the packaging in accordance with the established guidelines. The approval for Packaged Commodity Registration is granted by both the state and central governments.

Import License:

After securing model approval, the next step involves applying for an Import License for the approved model through the legal metrology registration department. The issuance of this license is overseen by the state government of the import destination.

Dealership License:

In cases where an importer is bringing in a product and selling it under the same brand name, acquiring a dealership license from the Legal Metrology Department is mandatory. The Dealership registration is sanctioned by the central or state government where the company is registered.

Benefits of LMPC Certificate

Reduced Transaction Expenses: The utilization of inadequate measurement practices often results in costly and time-consuming consequences. Both businesses and consumers suffer from these negative outcomes. In cases involving substandard measurement practices, the expenses can escalate due to lengthy legal disputes and court proceedings. Additionally, this can harm the reputation and stability of the business. Conversely, precise and proper measurements following the guidelines of the Legal Metrology Act led to a decrease in both costs and time.


Facilitating Trade: The Legal Metrology Act is responsible for regulating illicit and unjust trade practices. Its objective is to ensure that measuring instruments remain functional and in proper condition, enabling them to fulfil their intended purpose and meet global standards.


Minimizing Technical Trade Obstacles: The Legal Metrology Act alleviates the burden of technical impediments and fosters assurance and transparency in measurement practices. Fewer barriers promote the nation's confidence and motivate active engagement in the global trade network, thereby enhancing the national economy. Through compliance with the Legal Metrology Act, traders can circumvent unnecessary obstacles during the adoption and application of technical regulations, standards, and conformity assessment procedures.


Building Consumer Confidence: When consumers realize that they are obtaining products verified in accordance with established rules and regulations, their trust in businesses is bolstered, fostering a positive and robust trading relationship.

Documents Required for LMPC

Documents Required for For Manufacturers:

Agile Regulatory Checklist Proof identification for the business entity, its authorized representative, and its directors/partners.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Copy of the proof of ownership for the intended manufacturing premises.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Copy of the business entity's incorporation documentation.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Copy of the business's constitution documents such as MOA & AOA, Partnership Deed/LLP Deed.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Model approval certificate, if applicable, issued by the Director of Legal Metrology, Government of India, for the proposed weighing and measuring instrument.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist No Objection Certificate from the pollution control board, especially within the Taj Trapezium Zone.
 
Agile Regulatory ChecklistInventory of machinery and tools.
 
Agile Regulatory ChecklistA statement under oath confirming post-compliance commitments.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Declaration of no prior criminal records or ongoing criminal proceedings in any court.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Registration documentation for the factory, shop, establishment, or municipal trade license, depending on the circumstances.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Copy of VAT/CST/GST Registration.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Copy of the business entity's PAN.

Documents Required For Repairer:

Agile Regulatory Checklist Proof verifying the identity of the business establishment, its official representative, and its directors/partners.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Copy of the proof of ownership of the possession of the envisaged manufacturing premises.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Copy of the official incorporation records of the business entity.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Copy of the constitutional documents of the business, including MOA & AOA, Partnership Deed/LLP Deed.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Copies of appointment letters for employees, inclusive of photographs, along with certificates indicating qualifications and experience, if applicable.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Comprehensive list of inventories of tools and equipment.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Goods and Services Tax (GST Certificate.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Certificate of Registration for Professional Tax.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Copy of valid Labor License.
 

Documents Required Dealer in Weights and Measures:

Agile Regulatory Checklist Documentation confirming the identity of the business entity, its authorized representative, and its directors/partners.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Verification of ownership for the intended manufacturing location.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Duplicate of the official registration documents of the business entity.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Copies of foundational documents for the business, which include MOA & AOA, Partnership Deed/LLP Deed.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Consent letter from the manufacturer seeking to appoint a dealer.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Licensing for manufacturing, if the applicant plans to import weights & measures from another state.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Model Approval Certificate for the relevant weights and measures.
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist GST registration
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Professional Tax, and
 
Agile Regulatory Checklist Labor License.

Process of LMPC Certificate

     Process of LMPC Certificate


Login to the website portal of the Department of Legal Metrology in the state in which the manufacturer, importer, or dealer holds his place of business or where he undertakes his business activities:

 

Step 1: Create your login credentials by signing up with basic information such as name, official email ID, and a strong password.
 

Step 2: Next, click Registration as a Manufacturer/Importer or Dealer, fill out the registration form attach all necessary documents and make fee payment.
 

Step 3: After the submission of the application, the District Nodal Officer receives and subsequently forwards it.
 

Step 4: A Local Senior Inspector or Inspector conducts an assessment of the premises and the associated documentation.
 

Step 5: Following the inspection of the premises, the inspector forwards the inspection report to the Assistant Controller.
 

Step 6: The Assistant Controller assesses both the application and inspection report and for dealers and repairers up to the division level, grants the Registration Certificate/License. Once approved, this registration remains valid for a period of one to five years and can be renewed as well.

Key Penalties under the Legal Metrology Act

Point 1: Pursuant to section 38, if an individual engages in importing any weight or measure without holding registration under the Act, they shall incur a fine that could reach up to Rs. 25000 for subsequent offences, coupled with a potential imprisonment term of up to six months.
 

Point 2: Under section 27, any person found to be manufacturing a weight or measure which does not qualify the prescribed standards shall face a fine of Rs. 20000 for a first-time offence which shall be extended to three years imprisonment along with a fine for a second-time offence.
 

Point 3: Section 31 pertains to the failure to maintain required records and registers by manufacturers, repairers, and dealers. Those found guilty shall be liable for a fine of Rs. 5000, and for subsequent violations, imprisonment for a period of up to 1 year, alongside a fine.
 

Point 4: Any non-compliance with Model Approval under section 32 shall lead to a penalty of Rs. 20000 shall be imposed, and for repeat offences, the individual could be subject to imprisonment for up to 1 year, accompanied by a fine.
 

Point 5: If any pre-packaged commodity is imported, manufactured, packed, or caused to be manufactured or packed with faults in net quantity shall cause a fine of Rs. 10000 or imprisonment for up to one year or both.
 

Point 6: For importing non-standard weights or measures as outlined in Section 39, a fine of Rs. 50000 shall be levied, and for subsequent violations, a potential jail term of up to 1 year may be imposed.

Role of Agile Regulatory

Obtaining the Legal Metrology Registration could be a bit challenging due to the complex process of the documents required and the processes involved. However, with the right amount of guidance and consultation, you could easily acquire LMPC within the prescribed time. At Agile Regulatory we are committed to helping budding entrepreneurs by enabling them to acquire business licenses smoothly and carry on their business.

FAQ`s

Yes, it's generally required to showcase the verification certificate. This demonstrates to clients that your business adheres to specific criteria. Moreover, it aids in fostering trust with your clientele.

The requirements for obtaining a legal metrology certification license can vary. They often hinge on the nature of your enterprise and the goods or services you provide. Typically, you need to demonstrate your adherence to metrology standards.

A certificate provided by Legal Metrology holds great significance. It verifies your business's compliance with regulations governing measurements. This is of particular importance in industries such as manufacturing, food, and retail.

No, licenses granted under the Legal Metrology Act are typically non-transferable. They are specific to the given business. If the ownership of the business changes, a fresh license is generally required.

Any entity involved in the import of weights or measurements is obligated to register with the Director of Legal Metrology as a weights and measures importer, as outlined in Section 19 of the Act.

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