A new device or an instrument used to measure or weigh must have the model approved by the Legal Metrology Department. The quality and standards of such devices are inspected and regulated by the Legal Metrology Department under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. Devices that comply with the OIML standards. A manufacturer or an importer from India can take the approval by applying through the online portal of Model approval
By using these rigorous standards for application of all such devices, the authorities ensure that the products launched in the market abide by the standards set and are safe to use for the consumers.
Any manufacturer or an importer based in India can apply for the model approval.
The process involves:
|Registering on the Model approval online portal by submitting the documents according to the standards.|
|A detailed brief about the device, with its technical data, sketches, circuits diagrams, etc. should be included in the application procedure.|
|The laboratory for testing the device should be selected, and the payment of Government fees of Rs.25000 should be paid through Bharatkosh or by a demand draft.|
|After applying, the testing of the device is done in an RRSL lab; the lab will submit a detailed internal report to the Legal Metrology Department.|
|The verification of the report will be done, and the application will be accepted or rejected by the Legal Metrology Department.|
The approved license given by the Legal Metrology Department will be valid for a lifetime until any new changes are done to the device.
Timeline for Model Approval is 90 days
Some essential points are to be kept in mind for the application process:
Only an Indian entity (an importer or manufacturer) can apply for the model approval.
During the filing of an application, the technical data of the device is a mandatory requirement.
Make sure you include the product sketches and the drawings in the application procedure; without the product design, a rejection of the application can be seen.
The possible problem faced during the application process is the absence of detail of the material used for the device's construction.
Any absence of assembly diagrams and incorrect or incomplete data for testing can also hinder the approval process.
The documentation should include all the aspects with the correct document data in the right section. The manufacturing process should consist of flow-wise data with each manufacturing process step.
The circuit diagram of the device should include a brief about the construction and make it easier for the lab to inspect the model according to the testing standards.
The captured photograph of the model should be clearly legible. The picture should only include the model in the frame and not any object weighed on it, nor any information regarding the firm or the capacity of the product except any declaration that might be present on the body of the model product itself.
The schematic diagram representation should be adequately visible, with a proper indication that it is for the indicator or the model product. The schematic diagram should clearly represent how the sealing is done on the model. For instance, wires through the model itself, through nuts or bolts, or through the indicator. The schematic diagram should also include:
The model/pattern approved by a foreign country should comply with the OIML (International Organization of Legal Metrology) standards.
While applying, the undertaking must be submitted, stating that no alteration will be made to the submitted model concerning its weight or measuring ability before or after its sale in India.
If there is a change in the material construction, assembly, parts, diagrams, specifications, circuit, etc., the applicant will require a new model approval for the same product.