By Michael Tyndall - Venmyn

For those of us involved in the minerals industry, locally and internationally, there is now, a combined source for all the major international reporting codes. Previously, the easiest way to source a copy of a particular document would be to download that particular document from the organisation's website directly.

The one-stop-shop is now a reality. I have recently received from the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), a CD-ROM containing all the latest major international reporting codes as at February 2008, in "pdf" format. Copies of the CD can be obtained from the GSSA and/or SAIMM.
The list of the contents on the CD-ROM is as follows:

AUSTRALIA

  • Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves. The JORC Code - 2004 Edition; and
  • Code for the Technical Assessment and Valuation of Mineral and Petroleum Assets and Securities for Independent Expert Reports. The VALMIN Code - 2005 Edition.

CANADA

  • National Instrument 43-101, Form 43-101F1 and Companion Policy 43-101CP - Summary of Changes - Appendix A;
  • List of Commenters on National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, Form 43-101F1 Technical Report and Companion Policy 43-101CP - Appendix B;
  • National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, Companion Policy 43 101CP and Form 43-101F1 - Summary of Comments - Appendix C;
  • National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations Amendment Instrument - Appendix D;
  • Template for Qualified Person's Disclosure Certificate;
  • Canadian Institute for Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) - Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves - December 11th, 2005;
  • Standards and Guidelines for Valuation of Mineral Properties. Special Committee of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum on Valuation of Mineral Properties (CIMVAL) - February 2003 (Final Version);
  • Companion Policy 43-101CP to National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects;
  • Guidelines for the Reporting of Diamond Exploration Results - Final;
  • Estimation of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves - Best Practice Guidelines - May 30th, 2003;
  • Exploration Best Practices Guidelines; Series of comments and questions that should be considered when preparing a NI43-101 technical report - Contents of the Technical Report
  • National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects;
  • National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, Form 43-101F1 and Companion Policy 43-101CP - Rules and Policies - Chapter 5 (30th December 2005);
  • Form 43-101F1 Technical Report - Rules and Policies - December 23rd, 2005;
  • Companion Policy 43-101CP to National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects - Rules and Policies - December 23rd, 2005; and
  • Proposed Changes to National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects - Natural Resources Bulletin - June 2005.

CHILE

  • Certification Code for Exploration Prospects, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves - Instituto de Ingenieros de Minas de Chile - December 2004.

SOUTH AFRICA

  • The South African Code for the Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (The SAMREC Code) - 2007 Edition; and
  • The South African Code for the Reporting of Mineral Asset Valuation (The SAMVAL Code) - 2007 Edition.

UNITED KINGDOM

  • Code for Reporting of Mineral Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (The Reporting Code) - October 2001.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Inc. (SME) Guide for Reporting Exploration Results, Mineral Resources, and Mineral Reserves (The 2007 SME Guide).

CRIRSCO

  • Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards - International Reporting Template for the Public Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves - July 2006;
  • Developments in International Mineral Resource and Reserve Reporting by P R Stephenson and N Weatherstone - Prepared for the International Mine Management 2006 Conference, Melbourne, October 2006; and
  • Developments in International Mineral Resource and Reserve Reporting - Figures and Tables.

A second source for obtaining most of the above documents is the Venmyn website (http://www.venmyn.com). The major international reporting codes can now be downloaded from the homepage. The list has been updated to include all the documents on the CD-ROM and will soon include certain extra documents, for example the Oil and Gas Code and the Extractive Industries Draft Guide (2000).