BIS promises detailed guidelines for mandatory gold hallmarking
The Bureau of Indian Standards assured a jewellery industry expert committee that it will create detailed guidelines for the implementation of mandatory gold jewellery hallmarking at a meeting on May 30.
The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council raised a number of key issues at the third meeting of the expert committee which was created by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry to work on the implementation of mandatory gold jewellery hallmarking, the traders’ body announced on its website. Mandatory hallmarking has been delayed several times due to the pandemic and is currently scheduled to come into effect on June 15.
“The government has been very considerate about the issues and concerns of the jewellers with regards to hallmarking,” said GJEPC chairman and member of the expert committee Colin Shah. “We are hopeful that the government would come up with pragmatic solutions before the implementation of mandatory hallmarking.”
Issues the GJEPC raised at the meeting included mentioning that numerous types of traditional jewellery, such as Kundan jewellery, use multiple gold purities in one piece and the GJEPC asserted that the hallmarking law should accommodate this. The GJEPC also asked for a further six to nine months leeway for small jewellery businesses to register for hallmarking and for an adequate number of A&H Centres to be set up as well as a condition to allow small jewellers to sell hallmarked jewellery without registration.
“It is important the industry has clarity and understating of all the concerns they have, so that there would not be any sort of hinderance and business can be carried out in a smooth manner,” said GJEPC Gold Council convenor and expert committee member, K Srinivasan.
The BIS has assured that it will address these concerns and create comprehensive guidelines for clarity.
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