CFSI Annual Conference

Auditor Information

The CFSI approves auditors to enable them to conduct Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP) 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 CFSP 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 CFSI requirements.

To become an approved auditing body for CFSP, audit firms must complete the CFSP 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 CFSI 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 CFSI before the auditors are able to conduct CFSP audits.

The Audit Review Committee (ARC) is involved in the review process for each audit firm to ensure impartiality and correct procedures are followed.  The auditor approval process is supported by specific training courses on CFSP’s audit protocols and procedures, in addition to the pre-requisites for relevant audit training and experience. Auditor training courses can be found on the CFSI eLearning Academy (free and open to all). Click here to request credentials for the eLearning Academy.

Auditor Training

Required Auditor Courses:*

    • Conflict Minerals Overview
    • CFSP Auditor Training (CFSP Auditor Training Recording and Slides 2017)
    • CFSP Document Review
    • Joint CFSI - LBMA - RJC Auditor Training: Due Diligence of Gold Refiners
    • Level 3 Audit Training
      • iTSCi Program Documents
      • Better Sourcing Program & BSP Training Recording 
    • Smelting & Refining 101: Tin
    • Smelting & Refining 101: Tungsten
    • Smelting & Refining 101: Gold

*To be completed online or in-person (if available) before conducting the first audit

Required Courses in Development: 

    • Smelting & Refining 101 Series: Tantalum
    • OECD Due Diligence Training for Auditors

Recommended Courses:

    • CFSP Courses 1-4 (New Smelter Training, Conflict Minerals Policy, Mass Balance, Line Item Summary)
    • CFSP CAP Training Module
    • CFSP Auditor and Audit Firm Onboarding Video
    • Indonesian Supply Document Expectations
    • Vietnam Supply Document Expectations

Fully Approved Auditing Firms

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

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

Scope: International, based in Switzerland
Auditing CFSP since 2011

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

Provisionally Approved Auditing Firms (through February 1, 2018)

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

*Note: All auditing firms conducting audits in China require additional approval.

The CFSI 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 CFSP can be raised directly to CFSI staff and through the Grievances and Complaints Mechanism page (anonymous feedback option available).