The British Hallmarking Council is a body created by the Hallmarking Act 1973 -

 

It ensures adequate provision for assaying and hallmarking and supervises the activities of the Assay Offices in undertaking assaying and hallmarking.

 

The Council is made up of representatives from the Jewellery Trade, including Retail Jewellers, Manufacturing Jewellers, Trading Standards, The Department of Trade and Industry, Consumers and Assay Offices.