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Model Approval Certificate: Facts that you need to know

Model approval certificate is issued by the legal metrology department when it approves the model of weights and measuring instrument. It has to be issued on a mandatory basis to the imports and manufacturers of such products.

In this article, you’ll know the important facts that you need to know about them.

What is Model Approval Certificate?

Model approval is a mandatory license issued to importers and manufacturers of weights and measuring instruments as per  Section 22 of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009. It is a certification whose absence forbids the aforementioned manufacturers and importers for manufacturing and importing such products in India.

Why is Model Approval Required?

Every weights and measuring product has to adhere to centralized regulations given by the legal metrology department. Without it, the quantitative estimation of each and every products that’s measured in India will suffer. The results of such issue  can be as innocent as loss of few profits to as devastative as loss of life. That’s why, you must ensure that the weights and measuring products you’re trying to land on Indian market has the government’s stamp of approval.

What is the procedure to obtain Model Approval in India?

The procedures of model approve differ based whether you’re an importer or a manufacturer.

For the manufacturer, the model approval process has the following steps;

  1. Furnishing the documents.
  2. Filing the application for model approval online.
  3. Submitting the physical copies of the documents and the sample model to the regional office of the Legal metrology department.
  4. The Department will initiate the application’s assessment. If everything is as per the requirement, it will forward the sample model to the Director of Legal Metrology Department for testing.
  5. The Director will assess the model to verify if it meets the LMA regulatory requirements.
  6. If the model meets the regulatory standards of the LMA, Model approval is issued to the manufacturer.

For an importer, the steps of obtaining model approval is far simpler:

  1. Furnishing the documents.
  2. Filing the online application to obtain the model approval
  3. Submitting the physical copies of the requisite documents to the LMA office located in the importer’s region.
  4. If everything is in order, the office issues model approval to the importer.

Note: Testing is not required for an importer because the model has already gone through testing and certification in the metrology department of its country of origin.

What are the documents required for model approval

Aspirants of Model Approval have to submit the following documents regardless of whether the aspirants are manufacturers or importers:

  1. Business entity certification
  2. Passport sized photo of the applicant
  3. Duly filled application form
  4. Schematic diagram of the product.
  5. Description of the sealing provision present on the product
  6. For importers, a declaration should be provided stating that no changes were made to the product prior to its import in India.
  7. Display details


Model approval is a mandatory requirement for every importer and manufacturer of weights and measuring product. The procedure to obtain it differs based on the type of applicant. However, the much of the documents required remain the same. If you wish to know more about model approval and its importance in India, consult with Registrationwala. 

Here are all the facts that you need to know about model approval certificate. For more details pertaining to model approval, consult with our Legal Metrology Experts.

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