Re-joining RJC

Have you been a RJC member before and now wish to re-join? This re-joining policy page contains all the information you need to know about reinstating your membership and certification status.


The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) believes that every company in the jewellery industry has a duty to behave in a responsible and safe manner. By providing a clear certification process, and simple guidance about what it takes to be responsible, we help jewellery companies of all sizes meet the rising best practice standards demanded by peers, consumers, financial institutions and civil society to ensure the industry keeps improving.

Principle of this policy

To clearly state the RJC’s rules on rejoining the RJC following a loss of membership, whether by the member’s choice (voluntary resignation) or removal by RJC for any reason (involuntary resignation).


This policy applies to all parties who wish to return to RJC membership.

Re-joining options

Re-join RJC with audit completedRe-join RJC without audit completed
  • Step 1: Complete RJC COP certification audit with a RJC accredited auditor
  • Step 2: RJC receives a complete audit report from the auditor
  • Step 3: Apply for RJC membership
  • Step 4: Membership fee invoice is issued and paid
  • Step 5: RJC reinstates membership
  • Step 6: RJC processes certification audit report
  • Step 7: RJC issues certification (if achieved)

A two year cooling-off penalty applies if you want to rejoin without a completed audit. The normal application process will apply after two years.

  • Step 1: Wait two years
  • Step 2: Apply for RJC membership
  • Step 3: Membership fee invoice is issued and paid
  • Step 4: RJC reinstates membership
  • Step 5: Achieve RJC certification. Start here.

Please note: After re-joining the RJC without an audit, members MUST achieve RJC certification within six months or will forfeit their RJC membership.

Membership fees

If membership ceases for any reason (voluntary or involuntary), there is no entitlement to a refund of membership fees.

Need more information?

If you need more information about re-joining RJC, please contact the RJC membership department by clicking below:

Contact RJC Membership department

Policy authored on: 25 January 2019

Last edited: 9 February 2019

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