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The Third Phase of BIS Hallmarking came into Effect

Utkarsh Classes 09-09-2023
The Third Phase of BIS Hallmarking came into Effect Economy 5 min read

The third phase of the mandatory hallmarking vide Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery and Gold Artifacts (Third Amendment) Order, 2023 came into force from September 8, 2023.


BIS has been successful in implementation of Mandatory Hallmarking in 256 districts of the country with effect from 23 June 2021, in the first phase and in the additional 32 districts with effect from 04 April 2022, in second phase wherein more than 4 lakh gold articles are being hallmarked with HUID every day.

  • Consumers are encouraged to verify the authenticity and purity of the hallmarked gold jewellery items with HUID number purchased by using ‘verify HUID’ in BIS Care app which can be downloaded from the play store.


BIS Hallmarking

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. 
  • In India, at present two precious metals namely gold and silver have been brought under the purview of Hallmarking.
  • The BIS Hallmarking Scheme has been aligned with International criteria on hallmarking. As per this scheme, Registered 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. The recognition of an Assaying and Hallmarking Centre is done against IS 15820:2009.

About Bureau of Indian standards (BIS)

BIS is the National Standard Body of India established under the BIS Act 2016 for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Work of BIS

BIS has been providing traceability and tangibility benefits to the national economy in a number of ways – providing safe reliable quality goods; minimizing health hazards to consumers; promoting exports and imports substitute; control over proliferation of varieties etc. through standardization, certification and testing

Origin of BIS

Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) came into existence, through an act of parliament dated 26 November 1986, on 1 April 1987, with a broadened scope and more powers taking over the staff, assets, liabilities and functions of erstwhile ISI. 

  • Through this change over, the government envisaged building a climate for quality culture and consciousness and greater participation of consumers in formulation and implementation of national standards.

Organisational Structure

The Bureau is a Body Corporate consisting of 25 members representing both Central and State governments, Members of Parliament, industry, scientific and research institutions, consumer organizations and professional bodies; with Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution as its President and with Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution as its Vice-President.


Expected Questions in Exam

Q1. What is the full form of acronym BIS?

Answer: Bureau of Indian standards (BIS)

Q2. for which metal BIS provides hallmarking?

Answer: Gold and Silver

Q3. Who is the President of BIS?

Answer: Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Q4. From which Act BIS came into effect?

Answer: BIS is the National Standard Body of India established under the BIS Act 2016


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