Conformant Smelter & Refiner Lists
The conformant lists represent the smelters and refiners that have successfully completed an assessment against the applicable RMAP standard or an equivalent cross-recognized assessment. RMAP assessments are backward-looking. The assessment evaluates the auditee’s due diligence systems and processes to conform with the RMAP standards. It is not a material validation assessment.
Audit Cycle indicates the time period from the last assessment date to the next planned re-assessment date:
- 1 Year – Standard assessment period for RMAP smelters
- 3 Years – Assessment period for smelters in a Risk-Based Audit Program and TI-CMC members
Active Smelter & Refiner Lists
The active lists represent smelters and refiners that have committed to undergo an RMAP assessment, completed the relevant documents, and scheduled the on-site assessment. These may be in the pre-assessment, assessment, or corrective-action phases of the assessment. The active list includes those cobalt refiners that are currently engaged in the RMAP, at any point from scheduling the initial assessment to implementing corrective actions. Companies on the active list have not been determined to be conformant to RMAP Standards.
The RMI notes on the active smelters list the names of any smelters or refiners that have left the Active or Conformant list and intend to re-enter the program.
Changes to Smelter and Refiner Lists
The RMI recognizes that the supply chain is fluid and that smelters’ or refiners’ operational status may change over time.
Due to the eligibility criteria for an RMAP assessment, smelters or refiners are sometimes removed from the conformant list because they are no longer operational and not because they are non-conformant to the standard. Smelters or refiners can be considered conformant for the assessment period, even if they are no longer operational. Smelters or refiners that have a “re-audit in progress” are still considered to be RMAP-conformant.
Smelters and refiners that are no longer eligible because of a change in operation are removed from the conformant list in January and July of each year. RMI members should refer to the Smelter Database for information on specific smelters or refiners.
Smelters or refiners that are re-classified to “downstream” due to changes in operations may be eligible for the Downstream Assessment Program. The timing for this determination may not be indicative of the change in companies' operations, but rather when the evidence was obtained and reviewed by the RMI.
For gold only: Refiners with a "yes" under "LBMA RG" or "RJC" are listed on the conformant list as part of the RMI's cross-recognition policy. These refiners do not undergo an RMAP assessment, and therefore any inquiries about them should be directed to the respective organizations.
For tin smelters in Indonesia only: it is the RMI’s understanding that due to the current situation in Indonesia, many of the tin smelters there are not currently operating. Nonetheless, these smelters will remain on the conformant list until more information is available.