The International Cyanide Management Institute Announces Extensions for Two Cyanide Code Signatories

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) has approved extensions of the deadlines for a certification audit and for completion of a Corrective Action Plan requested by two gold mining companies that are signatories to the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code).

Ma’aden Gold and Base Metals Company requested that the deadline for the certification audit of its Al Amar Mine in Saudi Arabia be extended for four months due to delays in the certification of its cyanide transporter. The new deadline for completion of Al Amar’s audit is October 1, 2014.

Kinross Gold Corporation requested a three month extension of the deadline for completion of the Corrective Action Plan for its Chirano Mine in Ghana. The departure of key personnel and the limited availability of a contractor to conduct some of the required corrective actions has delayed the completion of two of the items included in Chirano’s Corrective Action Plan. The new completion deadline for CAR-01 and CAR-02 is August 31, 2014.

The Cyanide Code is a voluntary industry program for companies involved in the production of gold 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

Friday, May 30, 2014