Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery and Gold Artefacts Order, 2020

Jan 17, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Industry Specific Compliance

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on January 15, 2020, in consultation with the Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) publishes the Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery and Gold Artefacts Order, 2020. The Central Government has mandated hallmarking of precious metals articles of gold through certified sales outlets.

The precious metal articles of gold notified to be marked with hallmark shall be sold only by registered jewellers through certified sales outlets, after fulfilling the terms and conditions of certificate of registration as specified in the Bureau of Indian Standards (Hallmarking) Regulations, 2018. The Gold jewellery and gold artefacts shall conform to the IS 1417:2016 and shall bear hallmark under a certificate of registration from the Bureau of Indian Standards.

This Order shall not apply to following cases, namely:-

a) any article meant for export, which conforms to any specification required by the foreign buyer; 

b) an article with weight less than two grams; 

c) an article which is in course of consignment from outside India to an assaying and hallmarking centre in India recognised as per the Bureau of Indian Standards (Hallmarking) Regulations, 2018, for hallmarking; 

d) any article which is intended to be used for medical, dental, veterinary, scientific or industrial purposes; 

e) any article of gold thread; 

f) any manufactured article which is not substantially complete, and which is intended for further manufacture;

g) gold bullion in any shape of bar, plate, sheet, foil, rod, wire, strip, tube or coin.

The Bureau of Indian Standards shall be the certifying and enforcing authority and an officer not below the rank of Joint Secretary of the Department having administrative control over consumer affairs in the Government of the State or Union Territory shall also be the enforcing authority. Any person who contravenes the provisions of this Order shall be punishable under the provisions of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016.

This Order shall come into force with effect from January 15, 2021.

[Order No. S.O. 205(E)]


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