Necessary information about the mandatory QR code on the packaging of electronic products

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS): The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on Thursday published new rules for the packaging of electronic products making the QR code mandatory on the packaging with the relevant information for products manufactured from July 15 , or Friday.

If not mentioned as a QR code, the information must be part of the packaging, according to the rules known as the Legal Metrology (Packaged Goods) (Second Amendment) Rules, 2022, notified by the Ministry. These will take effect immediately.

Citing the relevant clauses and sections, the department said: “Provided that in the case of an electronic product which is manufactured, packaged or imported after July 15, the packaging of such product shall, for a period of one year from this date, declare the name of the manufacturer, packer or importer, as appropriate, on the packaging itself and this declaration also informs consumers that they must scan the QR code to obtain address and other related information.”

In the event that this information is declared via the QR code and not declared on the packaging itself, the packaging of this product must, for a period of one year from this date, inform consumers to scan the QR code for the common or generic name of the commodity and if this package contains more than one product, then for the name and number or quantity of each product.

Similar provisions were mentioned for the size and dimension of the goods, and for declaring the telephone number and e-mail address on the packaging itself.

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