CFSI’s revised Tin and Tantalum Standard

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    The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has released its revised Responsible Minerals Assurance Process, Tin and Tantalum Standard. The Standard replaces the CFSP Audit Protocol for Tin and Tantalum of 2013, and goes into effect on June 1st 2018.

    Key improvements in the revised Tin and Tantalum Standard The revision process brings the Standard in closer alignment with the OECD Guidance and ISO management systems. It also utilizes a global scope for the identification of Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (CAHRAs), and includes a simplification of risk categories from the previous Level 1 to 3 system into low-risk or high-risk sourcing. Additionally, the Standard now explicitly references both conflict-related risks and other serious human rights abuses contained in the OECD Guidance’s Annex II risks. To align with ISO management systems, the Standard now includes requirements for document control and the internal performance monitoring of due diligence management systems. The revised Standard reduces the former focus on a transactional review, instead concentrating on smelters’ management systems. As a result, the standard includes enhanced requirements for know your counter-party (KYC) processes, fewer requirements for chain of custody documentation for low-risk sources, and consolidated data points for high-risk sources, aligning with the OECD Guidance recommendations. The Standard also includes updated sampling methodology, decreasing the number of samples for secondary material. Lastly, the Standard allows for smelters to use alternate systems for reporting transactions and conducting the mass balance and clarifies the definition of companies in scope.