Hallmarking is that the accurate determination and official recording of the proportionate content of valuable in valuable articles. Hallmarks are thus official marks utilized in many countries as a guarantee of purity or fineness of valuable articles. The principle objectives of the Hallmarking Scheme are to guard the general public against adulteration and to obligate manufacturers to take care of legal standards of fineness. In India, at the present two precious metals namely gold and silver are brought under the purview of Hallmarking.

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 14 of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016 (11 of 2016), the Central Government, after consulting the Bureau of Indian Standards, hereby notifies the subsequent valuable articles to be marked with Hallmark for the needs of the said sub-section, namely:-

Gold jewellery and gold artefacts
Silver jewellery and silver artefacts


Any assaying centre found out in accordance with requirements laid out in IS 15820 :2009 for assaying and hallmarking of gold and /or silver jewellery / artefacts, shall apply with self-certified copies of documents listed to the Regional office of BIS having jurisdiction of the world where the A&H centre, with the appliance .

Quality manual of the A&H Centre prepared supported the Generic Quality Manual provided by BIS.

Recognition shall be granted as per IS 15820:2009 with scope defined as:

1 For Gold Jewellery / artefacts (as per IS 1417)

a) for yellow gold jewellery / artefacts only;
b)for alloy jewellery / artefacts only( Nickel based);

c) for alloy jewellery / artefacts only ( Palladium based); and
d) for combination of all above ( a to c)
2.For Silver Jewellery / artefacts (as per IS 2112)

Non Acceptance of Application thanks to Antecedents

Under the subsequent situations, the appliance made by the Applicant for obtaining recognition could also be rejected:

Prosecution case is pending or within the process of initiating prosecution case within the court against the applicant or person under section 29 of the BIS Act, 2016.
Applicant has made the appliance immediately after the case of misuse of Hallmark or any violation under Section 14 or Section 15 of BIS Act, 2016 detected on the a part of applicant.
Misuse of Hall Mark or any violation under Section 14 or Section 15 of BIS Act, 2016 detected on the a part of applicant after the appliance was made to BIS.
Note-The applicant or firm who are falling under anybody of the category mentioned at i),ii) and iii) above aren’t eligible to use for certificate of recognition until they’re free from these Charges. just in case of conviction under Section 29 of the BIS Act, such applicant or firm shall not be eligible to use for grant of recognition for a period of 1 year from the date of such conviction.

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