State enterprise “Lietuvos prabavimo rūmai” (Lithuanian Assay Office) is
authorized institution to perform state supervision of precious metals in the
Republic of Lithuania, it is instituted by the Ministry of Finance
of the Republic of
In 1995, the Parliament passed the law on State Supervision of Precious
Metals and Gems of the Republic
. The purpose of this Law - to safeguard the rights
of the consumers, to protect their and state interests when manufacturing,
processing, purchasing, selling, using, safe keeping and transporting, as well
as exporting and importing precious metals and gems. Former state enterprise
“Lietpraba” was renamed in the same year and became known as Lietuvos prabavimo
rūmai, which operated in Lithuania between the two wars.
The main goals of the activity of the Lithuanian Assay Office are:
- Ensure that all articles of precious metals and gems
intended for sale in Republic of Lithuania will be examined and marked in
compliance with the requirements of the Law on State Supervision of Precious
Metals and Gems, state standards and other regulatory enactments;
- Evaluate and improve the control of economic entities,
acting in the field of precious metals and gems, articles of precious metals
- Achieve that all EU tasks in the field of precious metals
and gems would be implemented without violation of interests of Lithuanian
manufacturers, suppliers, users and state.
Lithuanian Assay Office is the Member of the Convention on the Control and
Marking of Articles of Precious Metals (Vienna Convention).
Provisions of Vienna Convention became effective in the Republic of Lithuaniaon 4 August 2004. Articles marked
with Common Control Mark of the Convention (hereinafter CCM) coming to
Lithuania may be sold in
Lithuaniawithout additional control
or marking. Lithuaniathereby acquired right to
mark products with the CCM. In the same manner, these articles can be sold in
other countries, parties to Viennaconvention.