Two Signatories Depart Cyanide Code Program

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that two signatories to the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code) have ended their tenure with the program.

The La Arena Mine’s status as a signatory has ended as the mine’s former parent company was acquired in 2019 by another mining company, which at this time is not a signatory to the Cyanide Code.  La Arena became a signatory to the Cyanide Code in August 2014, and the mine was certified in compliance with the Cyanide Code in March 2015.  The operation’s certification ceased in 2018 as the mine was not re-audited within the required three-year limit.

The cyanide manufacturer, Xinjiang Unisplendour Yongli Fine Chemical Co., Ltd. has also departed the program.  The company was a participant in the Cyanide Code since May 2014, and its operation was fully certified as Cyanide Code compliant in March 2017.  The company halted production in late 2018, and has yet to resume operation.

The Cyanide Code is a voluntary industry program for companies involved in the production of gold and/or silver using cyanide and companies manufacturing 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 jurisdiction 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  We invite you to read our 2018 Annual Report, which can be viewed here.

Friday, December 27, 2019