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Trade opposes XRF hallmarking with destructive sampling

BIS has published in their website a proposal (Mtd 10 -22458, WC May 2023) for XRF based hallmarking with destructive sampling and melting . Comments if any, need to be forwarded to BIS before 15 June 2023. Hallmarking Federation of India has urged jewellery trade to communicate to BIS that goes against this demand of the trade.

At the various meetings with the Consumer Affairs Ministry and Director General, BIS, trade associations have demanded XRF based hallmarking, without any sampling and melting, for smaller lots up to 10 pieces and single piece order items. The above proposal of BIS with destructive sampling for XRF based hallmarking, goes against this demand of the trade.

X-Ray Fluorescence Machine is used in testing the jewellery and artefacts quickly. The XRF machine helps in identifying the BIS prohibited elements in the jewellery like Cadmium, Ruthenium, Iridium, Osmium, etc. It is the principle and fundamental process of an Assay and Hallmarking Centre.

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