Draft Tin Assessment Criteria Consultation

The International Tin Association (ITA) and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) share a common objective to encourage and promote responsible production, trade, and sourcing within the tin value chain.

To this effect, ITA and RMI are collaborating on the development of a revised core audit requirement document, now known as the Assessment Criteria for tin smelters. Over the past three months, the ITA and RMI have developed draft Assessment Criteria that are designed to be aligned with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance and meet upstream-downstream expectations.

Summary of Major Revisions

The draft ITA-RMI Tin Assessment Criteria includes the following major revisions, from the 2017 Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) Standard:

  • Focuses exclusively on the tin value chain
  • Re-structured to solely focus on the criteria for determining conformance with the RMAP assessments and audits under the ITA Code of Conduct
  • Closer alignment with the OECD 3T Supplement
  • Clarifies expectations relating to the OECD red-flag review
  • Incudes requirements to meet EU Minerals Supply Chain Due Diligence Regulation and Delegated Act
How to provide input?

ITA and RMI are committed to engaging external stakeholders in the development of the revised criteria. ITA and RMI are seeking input from stakeholders to further refine and improve the draft criteria before formal issuance. The public consultation period for the draft ITA-RMI Tin Criteria is from 18 April 2019 to 3 May 2019.

The draft Criteria is available for download HERE. We invite stakeholders to submit any comments using the feedback form HERE. Completed feedback forms should be returned to [email protected] and any questions on this program and the consultation process should be directed to the following contacts: ITA – Stephen Taiwo [email protected] and RMI – Michele Bruelhart [email protected]

ITA and RMI will host a consultation session on the draft ITA-RMI Tin Criteria on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM at the OECD Minerals Forum in Paris. The session is open to all interested parties, please register in advance HERE.

What happens next?

ITA and RMI will jointly review the feedback received and plan to finalise the Tin Criteria in May 2019.