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The British Hallmarking Council is Recruiting!

Published: 21st July 2021

The British Hallmarking Council is currently looking to recruit three new council members to work alongside the four UK Assay Offices and promote good relationships between the trade, consumers and the government.

The successful candidates will have the chance to influence the future of an ancient and fascinating industry!

Hallmarking protects consumers by the assay (testing) of the precious metal content of an item such as jewellery. The jewellery industry in the UK is a vibrant area of the economy that employs 60,000 people with an £8 billion turnover and a strong international reputation.

The BHC has vacancies for 3 new Council members. These are public appointments and whilst they are non-paid roles, there is scope for reimbursement for travel, subsistence and other reasonable expenses. We’re looking for people with a background in consumer protection, the precious metals trade, or someone keen to work in a board environment and/or regulator.

Meetings are held twice a year at the 4 UK Assay Offices: Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, and Sheffield, or by virtual means. You can contribute by monitoring and supporting the work of the UK Assay offices and their sub-offices, including on compliance with the Hallmarking Act.

Click here to find out how to apply


The Sheffield Assay Office was established in 1773, under an Act of Parliament and today the company assays and hallmarks the precious metals - silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Sheffield Assay Office is one of only four UK assay offices who all work to uphold the Hallmarking Act of 1973 and continue to ensure consumer protection for customers purchasing precious metals.

To find out more about the whole range of services offered by Sheffield Assay Office, such as our hallmarking and analytical services, please email us at or complete the contact form on our website at,

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