Main Objective of the laboratory is to ensure consumer protection and satisfaction in the area of testing fineness of gold and other precious metals. It is also our objective to adopt the latest developments in the field of assaying of gold and other precious metals to meet client requirements. Improving quality and reliability of our customer service by generating test results that are technically sound and have the required level of accuracy and precision. Maintain policies and procedures to meet the specifications prescribed by national and international standard organizations (including NABL and ISO) and regulatory agencies while meeting the specific needs of our customers.
The laboratory is at present involved in the following activities.
- Assaying of Gold in gold bullion, gold alloys and gold jewellery/artefacts
- Providing test reports to customers and functionaries regarding fineness of gold
It is the first laboratory in our country owned by a Legal Metrology department. The Government has decided to upgrade the existing Gold Assaying and Testing Laboratory to function as an ‘appropriate lab’ as prescribed in the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 and the project is in progress.
Gold Assaying And Testing Laboratory, Kakkanad
The price of precious metals like gold, diamond, platinum, etc is shooting up day by day. Sale of such metals by traders in the field of jewellery is not fully transparent. This amounts to unfair trade practices and adulteration of the precious metals with other cheap-toxic as well as radioactive metals like Cadmium, Iridium, Palladium, Ruthenium, etc. Such malpractices have to be detected under the provisions of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and the rules made there under in tune with the BIS Standards.
Gold Assaying and Testing Laboratory (GATL), Government of Kerala, Kakkanad was established in 2003 as per the direction given by the Hon. High Court of Kerala in O.P. No.21051/1997. The Laboratory was setup and conceptualized by Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS), Trivandrum. It was set up with a view to ensure quality and quantity in terms of fineness in gold bullion transactions. Gold Assaying and Testing Laboratory (GATL) functions as a part of the Central Laboratory under the Department of Legal Metrology, Government of Kerala and is located as follows:
Legal Metrology Bhavan