Hallmarking of articles of precious metals will end in Finland – Tukes is collecting information on the impact
Eurofins Labtium Oy has announced that it will discontinue the hallmarking of articles of precious metals on 31 January 2021. As a consequence of this decision, there will no longer be an operator in Finland that can inspect articles of precious metals and mark them with the Finnish hallmark and the international CCM mark.
In its announcement, Eurofins Labtium Oy explains that as a part of its development to focus on its core business, the company will end its assay office operations. In practice, the decision means that the company will not continue examining jewellery and other articles made of precious metals and marking them with the Finnish hallmark.
With its decision issued on 2 November 2020, the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) withdraws the assay office approval granted to Eurofins Labtium Oy in accordance with the Act on Articles of Precious Metals (1029/2000). Tukes also withdraws its decision on the approval of the assay office’s hallmarks. The decision by Tukes on the withdrawal of the assay office approval and the approval of the use of hallmarks will take effect on 1 February 2021.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for the overall management and control of the enforcement of the regulations governing articles of precious metals and the appointment of assay offices.
Tukes is collecting comments on the impact of the decision
Tukes is collecting information from companies and other operators in the jewellery industry on how the end of hallmarking will affect their operations. You can send your free-form comments on the issue to Tukes by email at [email protected]