RJC Certification

RJC Certification programs are designed to support responsible business practices in the jewellery supply chain. They are based on rigorous standards developed through multi-stakeholder processes, including the RJC Standards Committee and multiple opportunities for public comment and feedback.

Steps in the RJC Certification Process

There are five main steps in the RJC Certification process.  More information of Self Assessments and audits can be found in the Assessment Manual.

  1. Step 1 – Self Assessment:  Members prepare for the independent Certification Audit by carrying out a Self Assessment against the Code of Practices or the Chain-of-Custody Standard.  This involves allocating some time to review internal systems and bring them into conformance. RJC provides training and support for Members in this process.
  2. Step 2 – Certification Audit:  The Member then engages an RJC Accredited Auditor, who conducts an independent Certification Audit.  The costs of the Audit will vary according to the size of the business, the types of risks, and the areas where the business operates.  Members are encouraged to contact Auditors directly and seek quotes in order to better understand the likely costs. The Audit verifies the Member has systems in place that conform to the requirements defined in the applicable RJC Standard.  Non-Conformances will be noted and the Member will be directed to address them through an appropriate Corrective action plan.
  3. Step 3 – Reporting: The Member will receive a complete version of this report, which may include additional details of specific internal issues related to the findings, along with suggested business improvements where appropriate. The Auditor then provides the RJC with a version of the Audit Report that documents the audit findings, details about Corrective actions and a Statement of Conformance.
  4. Step 4- Certification Decision: The RJC reviews the Auditor’s Report and the Statement of Conformance for completeness and clarity, following up with the Auditor where required.  Where all is in order, the RJC can grant Certification for one or three years, depending on the nature of any Non-Conformances raised during the Audit and the related corrective actions to address the Non-Conformances.  Certified Members are allocated a unique RJC Certification number and will be able to promote their certification status.  A publicly available list of Certified Members and the details of each certification is maintained on the RJC website. 
  5. Step 5 – Periodic Reviews: Periodic reviews will be conducted during the Certification Period, where required, and at the of the Certification Period. During the Certification Period, a Mid-Term Review (Code of Practices) or Surveillance Audit (Chain-of-Custody Standard) may be conducted by the RJC Accredited Auditor to verify that the Certified Member’s system continue to work effectively.  At the end of the Certification Period, a Re-Certification Audit is required to renew the Member’s Certification.

For more information on RJC Certification please email: info@responsiblejewellery.com


RJC has two Standards which support their respective Certification programs.

RJC Code of Practices

The standard for RJC Member Certification, which is mandatory for RJC Members.

RJC’s Code of Practices is a landmark standard for the jewellery supply chain and addresses a wide range of supply chain issues, including business ethics, human rights, social and environmental performance.  It is supported by Standards Guidance, an Assessment Manual, and tools and training to support implementation and audits.

The RJC Code of Practices underwent its first review during 2012-2013.  The revised Code of Practices was relesased in November 2013.  A transition period of 1 year during 2014 will allow Certification against either the 2009 or 2013 version during this period.

RJC Chain-of-Custody Standard

A voluntary standard for RJC Chain-of-Custody Certification, applicable to precious metals (gold, platinum, palladium and rhodium).

The RJC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) Standard is designed to build on the Code of Practices and comparable standards (for example, for artisanal and small-scale mining or gold refiner due diligence audits) to focus on the flow of precious metals through the supply chain.  CoC Material needs to come from, and pass through, successive CoC Certified Entities so as to provide assurance of due diligence and responsible practices generally.  CoC Certified Refiners and alloyers are among the first to take up this important new standard.


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