The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) has advised that its guidance regarding hallmarking requirements will change, effective 1 January 2021.

This comes following advice from the UK Government that obligations to recognise equivalent EU hallmarks will end in Great Britain due to its leaving the European Union (EU).

The BHC wrote in a press release: “Any product already on the market before January 2021 will be legal, under the same legislation.

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“The question of the length of time this will be effective has not yet been determined. It may be good practice to maintain records demonstrating that items being sold were on the market prior to 1 January 2021.

“Any new stock entering the Great Britain market will require a UK national hallmark or an International Convention hallmark.

“Any new stock exported to EU member states will require a mark recognised by those countries.”

EU hallmarks will continue to be recognised in Northern Ireland, it should be noted.

The BHC plans to send further updates on developments as they become available.