Every Business interested in manufacturing a pre-packaged commodity or a calibrated instrument must obtain the requisite License for Manufacturing from the Department of Legal Metrology. The License for Manufacturing comes in a dual form: Manufacturer and Packer. But this article will detail the requisite legal pre-conditions for the application for a Manufacturing License and the post-registration compliances of every registered Manufacturer as per the LMPC norms.
Legal Requirements for starting a Manufacturing Business in India
The applicant must file the manufacturing license application in the prescribed LM-1 form. In addition, the requisite documents must accompany it. But before filing the license application, the applicant must comply with the Legal Requirements for filing the Manufacturing License:
Proof of Manufacturing Facility
The applicant manufacturer must have physical possession of the manufacturing facility. For such purpose, they must provide any of the following details as proof of address:
Minimum Space required for smooth & proper working
Every Manufacturing Unit must be appropriate. The premises must be established on the ground level rather than any of the storeyed buildings. The facility can be in any of the following vicinity:
But the rightness of premises will be assessed by the Licensing Authority before the issue of the Manufacturing License.
Manufacturing Facility Equipment & Machinery
Every manufacturing applicant must maintain the following at its designated plant:
Requisite Firm Documents
If the applicant is not a Proprietorship, then the applicant must submit the following documents as per the nature of their corporate structure:
In the case of a Partnership Firm, Partnership Deed attested by any of the following entities:
In the case of a Limited Company, Memorandum and Articles of Association approved by the following entities:
The Applicant Manufacturer must provide a copy of the technical literature detailing the specifications and design of the to-be-manufactured products.
The applicant must submit proof of sanctioned load required for the proper functioning of the Manufacturing Facility.
Compliance requirements for Manufacturing Companies
We have enlisted some of the following compliance under the Legal Metrology Act for a registered Manufacturer:
Registration with LMD
Every Manufacturer who manufactures a commodity for distribution, sale, or delivery must get the requisite License for Manufacturing under the Legal Metrology Packaged Commodities Rules.
Verification & Stamping
As one of the important compliance under Legal Metrology, the LMD does not permit the use or sale of any measuring instrument without stamping & verification of the product. Therefore, any person using any weights and measuring instrument must get the requisite stamping & verification from the Inspecting Authority.
Here, Re-verification of the facility is also mandatory for the continuous use of measuring instruments for transactions. Also, the immovable measuring instrument must be stamped and verified at its location.
Record & Register Maintenance
Every Manufacturer must maintain proper records & registers of the weights & measures manufactured at their facility. In addition, every Licensed Manufacturer must submit periodic reports to the Controller of Legal Metrology. Here, reporting timelines and their requirements vary from state to state.
Every Business uses standards of weights & measures. Each of them comprises the following units:
The Instrument Usage by a standard unit of weight, measure, and numeration is essential for the following:
Mandatory Declarations on the Manufactured Commodity
The declaration is one of the vital components of compliance filing as per the Legal Metrology directives. It obligates the Manufacturer to pack, sell, deliver, offer, manufacture, expose, or possess a commodity in its standard form for sale. The Manufacturer must make the mandatory declarations on every package to be circulated within the country. The Manufacturer must compulsorily put the following declarations on its packages:
License for Manufacturing
The applicant must apply with the prospective Name, address of manufacturing premises, and commodity name, as well as the requisite fee. The regulations can vary from state to state. Every Manufacturer must get a license from the Controller of Legal Metrology.
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