Std 2.0 and Exploration, Development & Processing – IRMA

In a move towards ensuring ethical practices in the mining and mineral processing industry, the IRMA Draft Standard for Responsible Mining and Mineral Processing 2.0 has combined multiple drafts to form a comprehensive standard.

IRMA Draft Standard 2.0 Proposed Normative Requirements Consultation Draft

In a move towards ensuring ethical practices in the mining and mineral processing industry, the IRMA Draft Standard for Responsible Mining and Mineral Processing 2.0 has combined multiple drafts to form a comprehensive standard.

This new standard includes the Draft IRMA Standard for Responsible Mineral Development and Exploration (also known as the “IRMA-Ready” Standard – Draft v1.0 December 2021), the Draft IRMA Standard for Responsible Minerals Processing (Draft v1.0 June 2021), and the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining 1.0 (2018). The integrated standard is designed to encompass all types and stages of mineral development activities, and will serve as a benchmark for responsible practices in the industry.

The proposed revisions for version 2.0 set to be implemented in 2023 will be applicable to all stages of mineral development. This includes exploration, project development, permitting, construction, mining, and processing operations, as well as reclamation, closure, and post-closure.

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A new guidance document has been released today, outlining the significant terms defined within the IRMA Standards for all phases of mineral development and their respective activities. The document serves as a concise summary of the IRMA Draft Standard 2.0 Normative Requirements for the exploration, project development, project permitting, and mining/mineral processing operations phases. In Appendix A, the normative requirements for each chapter of the IRMA Draft Standard 2.0 are presented and thoroughly examined.

In the realm of this document, a normative obligation adjusts a given IRMA requirement from the IRMA DRAFT Standard 2.0, during a precise phase, by either replacing or adding to the original text of the requirement. The term “normative requirements” is used to emphasize that these modifications pertain to the aspects that auditors would measure and that would be mandated, rather than guidance that merely enhances or directs understanding. As the IRMA DRAFT Standard 2.0 is still a work in progress and open for public comment until January 26, 2024, these proposed normative requirements are subject to change.

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