Fairmined for miners

THE FAIRMINED CERTIFICATION

Fairmined Certification is assurance that an artisanal and small-scale mining organization complies with the requirements of the Fairmined Standard developed by the Alliance for Responsible Mining.

Fairmined Certification creates opportunities for miners and gives the mining organizations incentives to become an economically, technologically and environmentally viable economic enterprise in a responsible manner. It facilitates access to fair markets and grants them a Premium to promote the development, which benefit mining communities and improve the sector’s governance.

There are two types of certification: Fairmined Certification and Fairmined Ecological Certification.

Although the same process must be followed for both types of certification, metal production criteria for ecological metals are more demanding; however, it also grants an Ecological Premium in addition to the Fairmined Premium.

Although the duration of the Fairmined Certification process depends on the particular characteristics of each mining organization, there are fixed deadlines for each stage of the process. We invite you to visit the Process and timelines of the Fairmined Certification.

International and independent inspectors recognized by the Alliance for Responsible Mining audit and assurance the compliance with the Standard’s requirements.

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Who is eligible for Fairmined Certification?

Source: OECD - Official Development Assistance (2005)

Fairmined Certification applies solely to artisanal and small-scale mining organizations, as defined by requirement 0.2 – “Artisanal and Small-scale” Scope – of the Fairmined Standard.

The Fairmined Standard is for gold, silver and platinum from artisanal and small-scale mining. The ASMO is certified under the Fairmined Standard’s requirements or the advanced requirements for ecological metals under the same Standard.

The geographic scope of producing countries includes low and medium income countries qualifying for Official Development Assistance (ODA) inLatin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Oceania:  Visit website

What are the requirements needed to become Fairmined certified?

Before applying for Certification, your organization must have a legal title that enables it to work in your mining area and it must comply with the entry-level requirements of the Fairmined Standard.

Entry-level requirements must be fulfilled in order to qualify for certification and are based on a series of organizational, work-related, environmental and traceability criteria.

Once certified, the mining organization must continue the formalization process and comply with international conventions and standards regarding work-related and environmental issues by complying with the progress requirements of following years.

To assess your organization’s conditions against the Standard, we invite you to go through the Fairmined checklist.

What are the benefits of Fairmined Certification?

Artisanal and small-scale mining organizations certified by the Fairmined Standard get the following benefits:

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Steps towards Fairmined Certification

Complete

your application

Fill out the application form and scan the documents that appear on the form. Subsequently, send your application form to: cert@responsiblemines.org

 

Application

assessment

ARM’s assesses the application form. When it is approved, ARM sends the application to the authorized certification body. For 2014-2016 the authorized certification services body is IMOswiss AG.

Prepare

for the audit

It is recommended to have prepared all the processes and required documents by the auditor. IMOswiss AG proposes an audit plan to the mining organization, which includes inspection dates and an audit schedule.

 

Audit

documentary and physical

The auditors carry out the auditing process. At the end of the audit, IMOswiss AG presents the findings in a closing meeting.

 

Certification

for one year

Once it is confirmed that the mining organization complies with all requirements, the certification body will issue the mining organization’s certificate. From this moment on, the mining organization is Fairmined certified for a one-year period.

 

Post-certification

Keep improving

Fairmined Certification is a process of continuous improvement. After being certified the mining organization must receive annual audits to verify compliance with the Fairmined Standard.

For more information on how to become Fairmined Certified download the complete document “Steps towards Fairmined Certification”

Download our infographics “The steps towards Fairmined Certification” and “Mining Organization Responsibility levels

For more information on the certification process, visit the frequently asked questions or contact cert@responsiblemines.org

Keep in mind the following forms and documents for Fairmined Certification:

•    Application for Fairmined Certification
•    List of documents
•    Miners register
•    Fairmined checklist
•    Process and timelines of the Fairmined Certification
•    ASMO responsibility levels
•    IMO’s audit rate
•    IMO’s Fairmined mining control and certification procedures
•    IMO’s appeals and complaints procedure
•    IMO´s arbitration procedures
•    Fairmined Standard