Requirements for Cyanide Code Audits
Operations of companies that are signatories to the Code must be audited to determine if they can be certified as in compliance with the Code’s Principles and Standards of Practice. Audits for certification under the Cyanide Code must be conducted by independent third-party auditors who meet ICMI requirements for experience, expertise and lack of conflicts of interest. Auditors are contracted and paid by the company or operation for which they will perform the audit. ICMI does not contract auditors.
For initial certification audits the on-site portion of an audit must be completed within three years of the date an operation is listed for certification. For operations that are already certified, the on-site portion of the recertification audit must be conducted within three years of the date of the operation’s current certification. Other scheduling requirements exist for operations that change ownership during a certification period, go into temporary closure or withdraw from participation in the program. Additional and full details on the timing of audit requirements are included in ICMI’s Signatory and Certification Process document.