Hallmarking overview


The BIS Hallmarking Scheme has been aligned with International criteria on hallmarking. As per this scheme, Registration is granted to the jewellers by BIS under Hallmarking Scheme. The BIS certified jewellers can get their jewellery hallmarked from any of the BIS recognized Assaying and Hallmarking Centres.

Procedure For Obtaining Registration by Jeweller for Sale of Hallmarked Jeweller / Artefacrs

Hall Marked Jewellery

Hallmarking is the accurate determination and official recording of the proportionate content of precious metal in precious metal articles. Hallmarks are thus official marks used in many countries as a guarantee of purity or fineness of precious metal articles. The principle objectives of the Hallmarking Scheme are to protect the public against adulteration and to obligate manufacturers to maintain legal standards of fineness.


  • Application form
  • List of required documents
  • Applicable fees.

Procedure for Recognition of Assaying and Hallmarking Center


Indian Standard “IS 15820:2009 General Requirements for Establishment and Operation of Assaying and Hallmarking Centres” is the basis for recognition of Assaying and Hallmarking Centres. A centre desirous of obtaining recognition, after setting up of the Centre shall apply on the prescribed application form to BIS along with their Quality Manual, developed on the basis of Generic Quality Manual.

  • Application form
  • Generic Quality Manual
  • Applicable fees
  • Guidelines for Recognition of Assaying & Hallmarking Centres

Gold Refinery


Refineries already in the business of gold refining for the last one year and possessing accreditation from London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) or National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accreditation of their laboratories may apply for obtaining BIS license for marking the Standard Bars produced by them in accordance with IS 1417: 2016 (for 995 and 999 fineness only).

Gold Monetization Scheme

  • List of Jewellers Qualifying to act as CPTC
  • List of Refinries granted Licence
  • A & H Centres Qualifying to act as CPTC
  • Expression of Interest from BIS RegisteredJewellers/Refineries for setting up of Collection and Purity Testing Centre under the Gold Monetization Scheme
monetization scheme

1) Check testing of Hallmarked articles by Consumer:

  • Consumer can get its jewellery/sample tested from any of the BIS Recognized Assaying & Hallmarking Centre. The Assaying and Hallmarking Centres undertake the testing of Jewellery/Samples of common consumers on priority on chargeable basis. The Assaying and Hallmarking centre is required to issue Assay Report giving proper identifications as marked on article.


2) Redressal of Complaint

  • In case Hallmarked Jewellery brought by the consumer is found to be of lesser purity than that marked on jewellery, the testing charges would be refunded to the consumer by the centre who had Hallmarked the jewellery. The jeweller shall be obliged to satisfy the consumer through replacement as envisaged in the existing scheme


Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is Hallmarking?

Hallmarking is the accurate determination and official recording of the proportionate content of precious metal in precious metal articles.

2. What are the objectives behind instituting Hallmarking Scheme?

To protect consumer against victimization due to irregular gold or silver quality, and to develop India as a leading gold market centre in the World and to develop export competitiveness.

Contact at the following address for further Enquiry :

  • DDG (Hallmarking)
  • Room No. 555, Manakalaya
  • Bureau of Indian Standards,
  • 9, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,
  • New Delhi – 110002.
  • Telephone: : 011-23234223 Ext. 8368
  • Email: Hallmarking@bis.org.in
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