Any gold jewellery and artifacts having only a four-digit number Hallmark Unique Identification (HUID) number as a hallmark cannot be sold from 31 March, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs has announced.
From 1 April, only those gold jewellery and artifacts with a six-digit alphanumeric number as a hallmark can be sold, Nidhi Khare, additional secretary, of consumer affairs said on gold hallmarking late on Friday.
Hallmark Unique Identification (HUID) number is a six-digit alphanumeric code consisting of numbers and letters.
It is worth mentioning that BIS has successfully implemented Mandatory Hallmarking in 256 districts of the country with effect from 23 June 2021, wherein more than 3 lakh gold articles are being hallmarked with HUID every day.
Nidhi Khare also said the hallmarked gold jewellery items were being sold across the country, even in those districts where it is not mandatory yet because of consumers’ demand for a quality product.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) had made a provision to allow a common consumer to get the purity of their un hallmarked gold jewellery tested at any of the BIS recognised Assaying and Hallmarking Centres (AHC). HUID is stamped at the BIS-certified Assaying and Hallmarking Centre.
The AHC undertakes the testing of gold jewellery from common consumers on priority and provide a test report to the consumer. The test report issued to the consumer will assure the consumer about the purity of their jewellery and will also be useful if the consumer wishes to sell the jewellery lying with him.
The authenticity and purity of the hallmarked gold jewellery items with the HUID number, purchased by consumers, can also be verified by using ‘verify HUID’ in BIS CARE app.