ICMI Announces Updated List of Approved Cyanide Code Auditors

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that an updated list of approved Cyanide Code Auditors is available on the Cyanide Code web site at: https://www.cyanidecode.org/sites/default/files/pdf/AuditorList.pdf.  The individuals on the list have submitted their credentials to ICMI and, at the time of submission, were determined to meet ICMI’s criteria for lead and/or technical expert auditors.

Cyanide Code auditors must meet criteria for experience, expertise and lack of conflict of interest.  ICMI reviews the qualifications of Code auditors upon receipt of the Auditor Qualifications Form accompanying Verification Audit reports.  Auditors may also elect to submit their credentials for ICMI approval prior to conducting a Code audit.

ICMI cannot guarantee that these individuals have maintained their professional certification or otherwise continue to meet the applicable requirements.  Moreover, compliance with ICMI’s conflicts of interest provisions can only be evaluated with respect to an auditor’s work for a specific company, and therefore cannot be assured based solely on their professional certification, experience and expertise.  This information within this list is provided to assist companies in identifying potential auditors and is not intended as an endorsement of any individual auditor.

A company hiring an auditor for a Code Audit is fully responsible for ensuring that its auditor(s) meet all applicable ICMI criteria at the time the audit is conducted.  Audits conducted by individuals that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted for verification purposes regardless of an auditor’s inclusion on this list.

ICMI notes that the company ISOSURE and two auditors, Mr. Luis Torres Argandona and Mr. Carlo Vargas Bolivar, were indefinitely suspended from conducting Cyanide Code Audits on October 23, 2018 (https://www.cyanidecode.org/media-room/press-releases/2018/international-cyanide-management-institute-suspends-two-auditors-and).  The company ISOSURE, any of its affiliates, such as Cianuro Incorporated, and its auditors remain suspended until further notice from contracting, subcontracting, or conducting Cyanide Code audits.

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.

Date: 
Friday, March 29, 2019