Home / Industry / Retail /  CCPA issues notices to e-commerce entities for selling toys that violate compulsory BIS standards

NEW DELHI : The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) issued notices to e-commerce entities, Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal for sale of toys in violation to standards directed for compulsory use by the central government, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said in a statement.

CCPA has sought response from the e-commerce entities within 7 days from issuance of notice, failing which necessary action may be initiated against them under the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.

CCPA has also written to Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to take immediate cognizance of the matter and take necessary action.

 It has expanded the country-wide campaign to prevent the sale of spurious and counterfeit goods that violate Quality Control Orders (QCOs) published by the central government to include consumer durables such as electric immersion water heaters, electric iron, domestic gas stove, microwave oven, sewing machines etc.

In this regard, CCPA has written to District Collectors across India to investigate unfair trade practices and violation of consumer rights concerning manufacture or sale of such goods and submit Action Taken Report to CCPA.

Under Section 2(10) the Consumer Protection Act, 2019, “defect" means any fault, imperfection or shortcoming in the quality, quantity, potency, purity or standard which is required to be maintained by or under any law for the time being in force or under any contract, express or implied or as is claimed by the trader in any manner whatsoever in relation to any goods or product and the expression “defective" shall be construed accordingly. 

Thus, toys which do not conform to the compulsory standards are liable to held ‘defective’ under the Act.

The Consumer Protection (E-commerce) Rules, 2020 stipulate that no e-commerce entity shall adopt any unfair trade practice, whether the in course of business on its platform or otherwise.

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