ICMI Provides Guidance for Effects of COVID-19 on Cyanide Code Audit Scheduling

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) is closely monitoring reports from health authorities and national governments as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation unfolds.  We understand that mining companies are proactively preparing for potential impacts and disruptions to operations, and that travel restrictions have already been implemented by some companies that are signatories to the Cyanide Code.

We anticipate that the current coronavirus outbreak will have some impact on Cyanide Code audit scheduling.  Should operations find it necessary to postpone or otherwise delay an audit due to the current situation, we ask that the company formally request an extension of the audit deadline, noting the particular travel or medical restrictions or concerns limiting the audit team from visiting the facility prior to the audit deadline.  Please direct any such requests to [email protected]. Our intent is to provide as much flexibility as possible in these situations.

The Cyanide Code is a voluntary industry program for companies involved in the production of gold and/or silver using cyanide and companies producing and transporting this cyanide. It was developed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee. The Cyanide Code is intended to complement an operation’s existing obligation to comply with the applicable laws and regulations of the political jurisdictions in which the operation is located.

ICMI has been established to administer the Cyanide Code, promote its adoption, evaluate its implementation, and manage the certification process. A detailed list of the operations covered by signatory companies’ applications, along with the full text of the Cyanide Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are available at www.cyanidecode.org.

Thursday, March 12, 2020