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Change in Labelling Information of Package Goods- An Overview

In India, the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, and Legal Metrology Rules, 2011, are the governing body for the packaging and labelling of pre-packaged commodities. The primary objective behind these laws is to set up a uniform standard for weights and measures that are used in trade and commerce and also to regulate packaged commodities sold to consumers.

Every business engaged in pre-packaged commodities must meet the LMPC rule on labelling the commodities. However, if any change in labelling information is required, then one must follow the specific procedure according to the legal metrology laws and regulations.

Individuals seeking to obtain a change in labelling information or prices on the product labelling must approach the Department of Legal Metrology before it’s too late, one may take the help of professionals for better understanding upon the product labelling. Meanwhile, LMPCR is a consumer law that works for the protection of consumers.

What do you Mean by Product Labels?

In general, product labels are the tags that provide consumers with essential information about the commodities or products they are consuming. Additionally, legal metrology laws and regulations provide a mandatory obligation upon the manufacturer of pre-packaged commodities to make mandatory labelling in a package with legal metrology compliance alignment, without a customer being present.

These product labels must include the name of the product, ingredients, net quantity, manufacturer's name, address, best before, use by date, batch no, nutrition details, etc. However, this provides transparency to consumers and ensures quality that the statutory standards are maintained and aligned.

Why is Product Labelling Important for Branding?

Product labelling is an essential requirement for branding a product; displaying your brand through product labels is the best way to take the branding strategy to the next level. Product labelling not only explains the products but also promotes brand recognition and loyalty towards its consumers.

The more creative the product labelling, the more the product will stand out in the market. Attractive product labelling creates a memorable design in the head of customers and thus becomes familiar among the consumers, resulting in building trust between products and the consumers.

Given below is the list of reasons behind product labelling:

  1. Customer Identification

Eye-catching product labelling simplifies the identification of a product; thus, it stands out among the competitors in the market, making it easier for customers to differentiate the product item from the competitors.

  1. Product Labelling creates Trust

With a proper standard of product labelling, consumers can easily understand what they want and what they don’t want, thus forming a certain level of trust in the product.

  1. Product Details

Product details include product packaging information’s such as size, ingredients, instructions, procedure to consume, etc.  This kind of information provides a life to a product and builds confidence and trust with the consumers at the same time.

  1. Product Differentiation

Product labelling helps consumers differentiate the similar products available in the market and thus choose the best products that align with their needs.

  1. Assist in Marketing

Product packaging and labelling help secure attention from customers and maintain accuracy regarding product details.

  1. Prevention of Fraud

Product packaging and labelling protect customers from being cheated. Products with their labelling reflect their uniqueness in identifying the products in the market. Thus, product labelling safeguards individuals from buying any duplicate products available in the market.

  1. Compliance with Laws

In India, manufacturers of commodities must mention the details on the labels according to the legal metrology laws and regulations. In case of reflecting a change in labelling information, then approval from the Department of legal metrology needs to be obtained by the manufacturer.


Reasons for Change in Labelling Information of Package Goods

There are many major reasons and possibilities for business entities to change in labelling of packages. Given below is the list of the common reasons behind the change in labelling information of package goods:

  • When the prices of the raw material change.
  • Change in tax structure, such as GST, Custom Duty, and other local taxes.
  • Change in the address of the manufacturer.
  • Change in correspondence details of the manufacturer.
  • Merger or demerger of the company or the business entity.
  • Misprinting of any details in the product labelling.
  • Approval of single-brand retail trading entities.

Legal Provision to Change Product Label Printing

If you are seeking to bring a change in labelling information or product label printing, then you must follow the legal process and proceed according to the legal metrology statutory guidelines. Unless you follow the path according to LMPC rules and compliances, no labelling information or prices can be changed.

Rule 33 of Legal Metrology Rule, 2011 empowers the central government to relax one or more provisions of the legal metrology pre-packaged commodity (LMPC).

 Rule 33 of Legal Metrology Rule, 2011 states that the central government, after ascertaining the genuine, permits a manufacturer or packer to pack for sale the packages for a significant period by relaxing one or more provisions pertaining to rules with such appropriate measures as may be specified.

However, the central government may relax the rules after considering the authenticity of the application for change in labelling information and permitting a manufacturer, packer, or importer of pre-packaged commodities to pack or sell other than those specified in the second schedule of the Legal Metrology Rule for a maximum period of one year.

Steps to Change in Labelling Information under LMPC

Given below is the stepwise procedure to execute the change in labelling information under LMPC laws and regulations:

  1. Identify the Change

An applicant must identify and determine the specific labelling information that are required to be updated such as the net quantity, manufacturer details, MRP, product name, etc.

  1. Know the Legal Requirements

One should be aware of the Legal Metrology laws and regulations that are specifically relevant to the change in labelling information.

  1. Preparation of the New Labels

The applicant shall prepare new labels to replace the current ones with the specific changes, ensuring that they meet the legal metrology laws and regulations.

  1. Collections of Documents

The applicant shall be ready with the necessary documents for submitting along with the application for change in labelling information, such as current label, proposed new label, reasons behind the changes and compliance certificates.

  1. Submission of Application

The applicant shall prepare a draft on the change in labelling information, mentioning the reason behind the changes attached with necessary documents. The same shall be applied before the Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India.

  1. Newspaper Advertisement

It is necessary to update regarding the change in labelling information by publishing in any two newspapers, to inform the consumers of such changes.

  1. Notify the LMPC Authority

The applicant shall also inform about the change in labelling information to the Director of Legal Metrology and Controllers of Legal Metrology of the state.

  1. Labelling

Once the application of change in labelling information is approved by the concerned authority, the same shall be updated by the applicant on the label of the package or product for consumers awareness.

Legal Framework to Change the Labelling of MRP

Depending on the location where your business premises are set up, specific procedures and regulations shall be followed accordingly. When it comes to changing the MRP on the products, the government regulations are highly strict. It is indeed illegal to affix a new MRP sticker over and above the pre-printed MRP.

An application before the Central Government Department of Consumer Affairs needs to be submitted if seeking to update or revise the MRP on a product package. A thorough representation has to be submitted along with the necessary documents. Approval of change in labelling information shall be issued by the concerned government only after being satisfied.

Though obtaining a clearance for change in MRP is difficult yet complex, the same shall be granted by the government only when there arises a situation, where the pricing has to change due to changes in taxes.  

Fees for Change in Labelling Information of Package Goods

The fee for change in labelling information of package goods is around Rs.11,800/- (Eleven Thousand Eight Hundred) only. This includes both documentation and professional charges.

Timeline for Change in Labelling Information of Package Goods

The span of time taken for obtaining an approval from the concerned government on change in labelling information, is on and around 30 working days. This time is considering all the activities and procedures such as assessment of the labelling, documentation, application etc.

Why Choose Legal Metrology Consultants?

The experts at Legal Metrology Consultants have decades of experience in legal metrology services. We are familiar with the complexities businesses face and help them tackle the challenges.

We also help businesses change the labelling information by preparing the best solid justification to receive approval from the concerned government.

Frequently Ask Questions

The primary objective of the labelling policy is to prevent product sellers from deliberately misleading consumers by falsely representing a package and to promote fair market practice.

The types of labelling are brand labels, informative labels, descriptive labels and grade labels.

Yes, product labelling is compulsory for every manufacturer of a pre-packaged commodity. This labelling is not just a tool for marketing but also promotes customer safety and trust.

Packaging rights include artwork, text that is exclusively used on the products, and intellectual rights that co-exist or are capable of existing in the packaging products.

Packaging protects products from damage, contamination, and tampering during transport, thus ensuring product safety. Labelling promotes caution, warnings, and guidelines for consumers' appropriate use and assists consumers in avoiding potential hazards.

The rule for the MRP label is that it needs to be clearly indicated on the product label and cannot be exceeded. It is also important to note that the seller cannot charge more than the MRP mentioned in the package.

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