Technical Documents and Manuals


ICGLR Regional Certification

This report prepared by PAC for the ICGLR and released in March 2011, describes the regional certification mechanism (RCM) for tracking high value and conflict prone minerals in Africa’s Great Lakes region. Based on lessons learned from other certification mechanisms, particularly the Kimberley Process, it promotes key principles that will make for a stronger and more effective regulatory scheme for four minerals—namely gold, coltan, tungsten and tin.
The certification manual outlines and describes each of the necessary steps for implementation of the Regional Certification Mechanism, identifying the key actors involved in the RCM and their key roles and responsibilities. To view the appendices of the manual, click here.
Rwandan, Burundian and Congolese legislation
DRC Arrete Ministeriel, Rwanda Ministerial Action, and Burundian Ordonnance Ministerielle have incorporated the ICGLR RCM into their Mining Codes and national legislation under guidance from PAC.
Rwanda Natural Resources Authority - Mine Inspection Form
This Baseline Evaluation assesses the tracking mechanisms deployed on three Rwandese supply chains:
• Chain of Custody 1: Rutongo Mines to Phoenix Metal Export (who has partially deployed the Met Trak
tracking system, as well as the ITSCI system);
• Chain of Custody 2: Eurotrade Nyakabingo concession to Mineral Supplies Africa Export;
• Chain of Custody 3: Wolfram Mineral Processing at Gifurwe concession.

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals

The ICGLR Regional Certification Mechanism is the in-region implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
Chain of Custody technologies
ICGLR Member States are responsible for the chain of custody of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold within their respective borders as long as these are verified to be compliant with ICGLR (OECD) standards.  Examples of chain of custody technologies are iTSCI (ITRI Tin Supply Chain Intiative), Géotraceabililty Ltd, and MetTrak. Please note that PAC does not endorse any one technology.  Any technology in operation must be independently verified for ICGLR compliance by the ICGLR Independent Mineral Chain Auditor or, in his or her absence,  an independent expert may be contracted.
This report is a preliminary evaluation conducted by Partnership Africa Canada of a new digital tracking technology for conflict minerals currently operational at the Rutongo Mines site in Rwanda. This is the first time this technology has been applied in the Great Lakes region.