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The British Hallmarking Council has updated its guidance on hallmarking requirements from 1 January, 2021, following Government advice.
Obligations to recognise equivalent EU hallmarks will end in Great Britain. For the Northern Ireland market, EU hallmarks will continue to be recognised by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act. Any product already on the market before January 2021 will be legal under the same legislation.
The question of the length of time this will be effective has not yet been determined and the council states it would 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 while any new stock exported to EU member states will require a mark recognised by those countries.
The BHC will send further updates on developments as these become available.