Consultation outcome

Hallmarking by UK Assay Offices overseas

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

These documents set out the Council’s response to the consultation on overseas hallmarking.

The Council has decided in principle that hallmarks struck overseas by UK Assay Offices should be distinguished by way of a special mark. Discussions are now taking place with Assay Offices as to what form that mark should take and once agreed it will be implemented within 1 year.

Detail of feedback received

We received over 120 responses, including 9 from our 15 official consultees.

Original consultation


We’re seeking views on whether hallmarks applied by UK Assay Offices overseas should be different from hallmarks applied in the UK.

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks to understand whether stakeholders would wish articles of precious metals which are hallmarked by UK Assay Offices in their overseas sub-offices should carry a hallmark which is different from the hallmark applied in the UK.

Responses to this consultation will inform the decisions we will take in respect of hallmarks to be used off-shore and the guidance we will produce for the trade and consumers.


Published 18 July 2017
Last updated 31 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added the Council’s final response to the consultation on overseas hallmarking. It supplements the summary response previously published and does not change the outcome.
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