The system of control and marking in the Republic of Croatia

The system of control and marking of precious metals articles in the Republic of Croatia is regulated pursuant to the Act on the Control of Precious Metal Articles (Official Gazette no. 36/15)) and other regulations.

According to this Act, assaying and marking of precious metals articles in the Republic of Croatia are authorised by the State Office for Metrology (DZM) through its Precious Metal Service, at 4 locations: in Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Osijek. The Act on the Control of Precious Metal Articles (Official Gazette no. 36/15) regulates the compulsory assaying and marking of precious metal articles which are manufactured in and imported into the Republic of Croatia. According to the Act, only articles which have been assayed and marked may be placed on the market.

In accordance with the Act, articles made of platinum, gold, silver or their alloys, which have the prescribed standard of fineness, are regarded as precious metal articles.

 

The prescribed standards of fineness pursuant to the Act are as follows:

 

  1. Platinum articles:

950 parts per thousand (950/1000)

900 parts per thousand (950/1000)

850 parts per thousand (950/1000)

 

  1. Gold articles:

999 parts per thousand (999/1000)

950 parts per thousand (950/1000)

916 parts per thousand (916/1000)

840 parts per thousand (840/1000)

750 parts per thousand (750/1000)

585 parts per thousand (585/1000)

375 parts per thousand (375/1000)

 

 

  1. Silver articles:

999 parts per thousand (999/1000)

950 parts per thousand (950/1000)

925 parts per thousand (925/1000)

900 parts per thousand (900/1000)

800 parts per thousand (800/1000)

 

Manufacturers are obliged to have their mark registered by the DZM. Precious Metal Articles have to be marked with the manufacturer’s mark and the fineness mark and have to be assayed and marked with a national mark, before being placed on the market.

Precious metal articles which are imported into the Republic of Croatia must have a fineness mark, the manufacturer's or supplier's mark and be assayed and marked with a national mark prior to being placed on the market.

The provisions Act on the Control of Precious Metal Articles shall not apply to:

 

  1. precious metal articles having a distinct cultural, historical or artistic value,

  2. semi-finished products of precious metals and their alloys used in industry or intended for further processing,

  3. instruments, devices or parts thereof made of precious metals used in production or industry, for scientific, medical or veterinary purposes or in dentistry, or to scrap of precious metals recovered in the production process,

  4. coins of precious metals issued as a means of payment, commemorative coins and medals (sports, military etc.) made of precious metals and alloys thereof,

  5. precious metal articles entirely covered with enamel or encrusted with semi-precious and precious stones, pearls and similar items,

  6. precious stone holders, pearl holders and other holding devices, or buckles in which the presence of precious metals is negligible compared to the total mass of the article,

  7. platinum, gold or silver-based soldering alloys,

  8. bullions, plates, sticks, granules and similar semi-finished products and products used in banking and stock exchange transactions.