Policy paper

Hallmarking: briefing paper on the draft EU Directive on precious metal items

Briefing from the British Hallmarking Council to the Department of Trade and Industry concerning the draft EU Directive.



The briefing paper discusses the Council’s response to the EU Directive concerning precious metal items, drawing on evidence available in 2003. The paper discusses the Houtwipper judgement, the inadequacies of the Directive and the importance of a compulsory independent system of assay and marking.

It should be read in conjunction with the briefing paper on the same subject dated 8 January 2003, a copy of which is in Annex A.

Published 17 April 2003