The "International Cyanide Management Code For The Manufacture, Transport and Use of Cyanide In The Production of Gold" (Cyanide Code) is a voluntary industry program for the gold mining industry to promote:

  • Responsible management of cyanide used in gold mining
  • Enhance the protection of human health, and
  • Reduce the potential for environmental impacts.

More information about the International Cyanide Management Institute's Cyanide Code can be found on their website at

Please also take a look at this article by Terry Mudder on the Cyanide Code. Here are some extracts from the article: 

More than half of the world's gold production will come from certified operations. Many millions of dollars have been spent upgrading and improving the safety of mining operations with respect to cyanide use.

The mining companies and operations which do not adhere to the Code and which suffer an environmental incident should be held accountable and it should be publicised that they do not represent those in the industry who voluntarily spent time and money to become certified. 

It is hoped that development and implementation of the Code will lead the industry to address other issues such as tailings dam designs and water management in the same systematic fashion....sometimes we should just do the right thing.