Medical devices manufacturers, e-commerce entities under LMD scanner

Medical devices manufacturers, e-commerce entities under LMD scanner
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BARAMULLA: Legal Metrology Department (LMD), Baramulla booked two cases against medical devices manufacturers and retailers for violating labelling norms in manufacture and sale of the medical device packages.
The cases were registered during a routine market inspection carried out in Sopore area of the district by a team of Legal Metrology Department headed by the Assistant Controller Baramulla, an official handout read.
The department has seized, for evidence purpose, several deceptive packages of medical devices which were devoid of maximum retail price declaration. Apprehensions are that the packages are deliberately manufactured, packed and sold without maximum retail price being mentioned on them so as to hoodwink and fleece consumers/patients, it read.
Besides, several leading e-commerce entities have been put on notice for having failed to show compliance to recent amendments made to the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011. In this connection, Assistant Controller Baramulla has issued ‘show cause notice’ to major e-commerce entities in India including Amazon India, Flipkart and Snapdeal asking them to show cause as to why compliance has not been shown to amendment made recently to the above mentioned rules which is in force since January 01, 2018.
Under these rules, every e-commerce entity is now supposed to display statutory declarations of pre-packaged commodities including: name and address of the manufacturer/packer, name of the commodity, net quantity, maximum retail price (inclusive of all taxes) and consumer care details on their websites for information of the online consumers, it further read.
This move comes in the backdrop of recent amendments made to the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 which have, apart from making other changes, brought medical devices declared as drugs and e-commerce within the purview of Legal Metrology in order to ensure better consumer protection in modern society where consumer issues have diversified enormously.

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