Auditor Information

The RMI approves auditors to enable them to conduct Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) audits. The auditor approval process is designed to verify that auditors have appropriate experience and expertise, and that there is no conflict of interest when undertaking RMAP audits for smelters. The approval process follows the relevant requirements outlined in ISO 17011, the international standard for accrediting certification/assessment bodies. Please review Audit Firm and Auditor Approval Process for detailed information on RMI requirements.

To become an approved auditing body for RMAP, audit firms must complete the RMAP Audit Firm Approval Application, fill out the Approved Auditor List as well as the Auditor Approval Application for each auditor on the List, and return it to the RMI for consideration (please email us here). Each individual auditor candidacy, nominated by the approved audit firm, is also to be reviewed and approved by the RMI before the auditors are able to conduct RMAP audits.

RMAP Audit Documents and Tools

The auditor approval process is supported by specific on-line and in-person courses on RMAP’s audit protocols and procedures, in addition to the pre-requisites for relevant auditor training/certifications and experience. Auditor on-line training courses can be found on the RMI eLearning Academy (free and open to all). A list of the required on-line courses is included below. Click here to request credentials for the eLearning Academy. Approved auditors are also required to undergo an in-person auditor training for revised RMAP standards starting from January 2018.

Auditor Training

  1. Required Auditor Courses*:
  2. RMI & RMAP Overview
    • RMI Responsible Sourcing 
    • RMI Responsible Minerals Assurance Process - Basic Due Diligence
    • RMI Management Systems 
  4. RMAP Training Modules
    • Module 1: Overview of Revised Standard
    • Module 2: Practical Aspects of Implementation
    • Module 3: OECD Step 1
    • Module 4: Introduction to Auditing Against the Revised Standard
    • Module 5: Risk management for low-risk sources
    • Module 6: Risk management for high-risk sources
    • Module 7: Auditing to the Gold Standard
    • Module 8: Revised Audit Tools
  6. RMAP Featured Topics
    • Featured Topic 1: Introduction to the OECD 5-Steps
    • Featured Topic 2: Tools for Responsible Sourcing from High-Risk Areas
    • Featured Topic 3: Identifying Risks
    • Featured Topic 4: KYC and AML
    • Featured Topic 5: Identifying CAHRAs
    • Featured Topic 6: Responsible Cobalt Sourcing 
    • Featured Topic 7: Gold Due Diligence 
  8. Other Required Topics
    • RMI Virtual Auditor Training 2020
    • RMI Auditor Training 2019: Revised Procedure and Assessment Tools
    • Cobalt Auditor Training
    • Joint RMI - LBMA - RJC Auditor Training: Due Diligence of Gold Refiners
    • RMI Downstream Assessment Program (DAP) 
      • Downstream Auditor Training
      • RMI Downstream Program Webinar
    • Upstream Assurance Mechanism Training
      • ITSCI Program Documents
      • Better Sourcing Program (BSP) Training Recording
    • Smelting & Refining 101: Tantalum
    • Smelting & Refining 101: Tin
    • Smelting & Refining 101: Tungsten
    • Smelting & Refining 101: Gold


*To be completed online before conducting the first audit

Fully Approved Auditing Firms

RMAP and Downstream Audit Program

Arche Advisors
Scope: International, based in the US
Auditing RMAP since 2016

Scope: International, based in the UK
Auditing RMAP since 2016

SCS Global Services
Scope: International, based in the US
Auditing RMAP since 2016

Scope: International, based in the US
Auditing RMAP since 2010

Scope: International, based in Switzerland
Auditing RMAP since 2011

Provisionally Approved Auditing Firms

RCS Global (through April 30, 2021)
Scope: RMAP - Cobalt crude refiners (DRC); Downstream Assessment Program (DAP) - International, based in the UK
Auditing RMAP since 2019
Auditing DAP since 2016

TDI (through October 30, 2021)
Scope: International, based in the UK
Auditing RMAP since 2020

PWC Belgium (through October 30, 2021)
Scope: International, based in Belgium 
Auditing RMAP since 2020

Note: Auditing firms conducting audits in China require additional approval.

The RMI regularly reviews information submitted by auditing firms to assess their continued acceptability to remain on the list of approved auditors. All approved auditors must undergo re-approval to remain on the list of approved firms every three years. To apply for re-approval, please use the same form as for the initial application.

Any concerns about the RMAP can be raised directly to RMI staff and through the Grievances and Complaints Mechanism page (anonymous feedback option available).