No dual MRPs from next year; Cinemas, malls, airports can’t charge more


New Delhi: Products sold on e-commerce platforms and medical devices declared as drugs like stents will now have to mandatorily carry retail prices and other essential information from next year as per the government’s new labelling rules.

Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has approved amendments to the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, that will come into effect from January 1, 2018.

These rules were framed to regulate the pre-packaged commodities, which have to comply with certain mandatory lebelling requirements.

“Products on e-commerce platforms to display declarations required under the amended rules. Medical devices declared as drugs brought under the rules,” an official statement said.

The government said that the rules have been amended to enhance consumer protection, but at the same time balancing with the requirement of ease of doing business.

The amended rules also prohibit dual MRPs on products, saying that “no person shall declare different MRPs (dual MRP) on an identical pre-packaged commodity, unless allowed under any law”.

The government said that this will benefit consumers at large as there are complaints regarding dual MRP for items sold at public places like cinema hall, airport, malls etc.

With growing online trade, the new rules have brought products sold on e-commerce platform under its ambit.

On medical devices like stent, valve, orthopaedic implants, syringe and tools for operations etc, the government said, “consumers were facing difficulty as prices of devices were sold according to the paying capacity of the consumer. Even after capping MRP, many companies were not displaying.”

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