LONDON A working group of
tungsten refining companies has set up a framework to help
people meet their legal obligations regarding conflict
minerals, under section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street
Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
The London-based International
Tungsten Industry Association (ITIA) and the Princeton,
N.J.-based Refractory Metals Association (RMA) established the
initiative to provide industry members with a mechanism to
demonstrate their compliance with the act.
Companies participating in the
initiative must comply with a supplier code of conduct. If
investigation shows that material originated from conflict
regions, they can apply the framework under the initiative,
which is consistent with the due diligence guidelines of the
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Development of the
programs infrastructure is in progress and is expected to
be ready for implementation by the third quarter.
The RMA is an affiliate of the Metal Powder Industries
Federation and serves the North American refractory metals
A version of this article was
first published by AMM sister publication Metal