Standards development and harmonisation

Laboratory Grown Material Standard Development

Public consultation is now open.

About

In 2021, the RJC decided to develop a new industry Laboratory Grown Materials Standard (LGMS). The development will include a minimum of two rounds of public consultations and input from the multi-stakeholder Standards Committee to ensure that the development sets a benchmark within the jewellery industry on best practice for responsible business practices for laboratory grown materials

This development of the LGMS is being conducted as per the ISEAL standard setting code and procedures. This is a public consultation and we welcome comments from any stakeholders on the what they would like to see in the LGMS. All comments can be submitted via the web form. 

Scope

The LGMS will be mandatory for all RJC members who handle laboratory grown materials. This development will be linked to the update to the COP which includes as part of the update, an exploration to expanding the material scope. The standard and the standard setting process is publicly available to provide guidance to interested parties who are non RJC members.

The LGMS is applicable to all industry members spanning the global jewellery and watch supply chain from SME to large companies.  

The scope of the LGMS development are directed by the RJCs Theory of Change (ToC), also known as the Roadmap to 2030. The ToC defines what RJC as an organisation aspires to achieve with its members by 2030 through the implementation of its standards.

Timeline

This first round of consultation will take 60 days.

Round 1
• Opens: Friday 15th October 2021
• Closes: Friday 17th December 2021

Round 2

• Opens: January 2022
• Closes: March 2021

FAQs

We consult with industry experts, we follow the ISEAL standard setting code and procedures of public consultation. The COP is then reviewed by the multi-stakeholder RJC Standards Committee. 

Any laboratory grown materials such as diamonds and coloured gemstones, will be included in the new standard. 

If you handle laboratory grown materials, the Laboratory Grown Materials Standard will be mandatory to you as per RJC membership.

RJC aims to release the Laboratory Grown Materials Standard by June 2022.

Yes. Everyone is invited to participate in the public consultation. Please submit your comments via the webform

For any questions please reach out to: consultation@responsiblejewellery.com

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