According to a decision made in the interest of customers, sales of gold jewellery and gold artefacts hallmarked without HUID will not be permitted after March 31, 2023.
A distinctive 6-digit alphanumeric code made up of both numbers and letters is known as the HUID. According to the ministry,Every gold jewellery will have a HUID hallmarking, and each HUID number will be unique. The Assaying & Hallmarking centres hand stamp this distinctive number onto jewellery.
“In the past, the HUID was four digits long. The market now uses both HUIDs (4- and 6-digit). We are stating that only 6-digit alphanumeric codes would be accepted after March 31,” Khare stated.
She claimed that starting on June 23, 2021, 256 districts were subject to mandatory hallmarking, and that 32 additional districts became subject to the requirement on June 1, 2022, bringing the total number of districts subject to mandatory hallmarking to 288. She stated that an additional 51 new districts would have AHCs or OSCs established, bringing the total number of districts served to 339.
According to Khare, 10.56 crore items of gold jewellery have been hallmarked as of the end of 2022–2023. She added that there are now more active BIS Registered Jewellers than there were in 2022–2023 (1,53,718).
The BIS Hallmark is composed of three symbols, according to Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) regulations: the BIS logo, the Purity/Fineness Grade, and a six-digit alphanumeric identifier known as the HUID.
Khare further disclosed that the BIS had made the decision to reduce the Certification/Minimum Marking Fee for Micro Scale Units by 80%. Additionally, she claimed, units located in the North Eastern states are given a 10% certification discount.
A review meeting of BIS activities was held earlier in the day, and it was presided over by Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal. Goyal instructed the BIS to improve the nation’s testing infrastructure, according to a formal statement.