Active Smelters & Refiners
Smelters and refiners on the Active list have committed to undergo a CFSP audit or are participating in one of the cross-recognized certification programs: LBMA Responsible Gold Certification or Responsible Jewellry Program Chain-of-Custody Certification. Smelters and refiners are identified as Active in the Conflict-Free Smelter Program once they submit signed Agreement for the Exchange of Confidential Information (AECI) and Auditee Agreement contracts. This is the first step of the audit process.
Smelters and refiners on the Active list are at various stages of the audit cycle, anywhere from completion of the necessary documents to scheduling the audit date to enacting corrective actions in the post-audit phase. The time it takes a smelter to complete an audit cycle varies, the average time is approximately six months. During this time CFSP will not share details about a smelter’s progress, in accordance with provisions in the AECI.
If an Active smelter or refiner is deemed by the CFSP to be delaying an audit, corrective action completion, or re-audit for more than 90 days, that smelter or refiner will be removed from the Active list. If an Active smelter or refiner is not progressing to the next steps in the audit process within a reasonable timeframe, that smelter or refiner will be removed from the Active list. A company that is unresponsive for 45 days will be removed from the Active list