Transparency and trust go hand in hand in the jewellery and watch industry. RJC Chain of Custody certification gives your customers and suppliers the assurance they need about how your products and materials have been sourced, traced, and processed through the supply chain.
To achieve Chain of Custody certification is a major milestone in your sustainability journey. It demonstrates your commitment to responsible jewellery and promotes trust in the watch and jewellery supply chain. Members are required to have a surveillance audit to ensure ongoing compliance with the Chain of Custody standard.
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Our Chain of Custody certification provides you with a guarantee of the integrity of your products and materials – allowing you to tell the complete story about how they were sourced, traced and processed, from mine to retail. This certification is voluntary for RJC members.
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Step-by-step guide to achieving RJC Chain of Custody Standards certification.
Use the RJC Chain of Custody self-assessment tool to monitor your progress with compliance and get ready for your audit.
When you are ready, schedule your audit with an RJC accredited auditor.
Your auditor will share their findings with you. Any non-conformances (NC) will be discussed and you will be required to develop a Corrective Action Plan (CAP).
Minor NC: 3 year certification awarded
Major NC: No CoC certification will be issued
Members are required to have a surveillance audit to ensure ongoing compliance with the Chain of Custody standard.
Schedule your re-certification audit with an RJC accredited auditor.
Re-certification is required prior to the expiry of your current certification but no more than four months in advance. To qualify for continuous certification with no gaps between certifications, members must ensure that their re-certification audit (on-site componenet) is completed within 4 months prior to the expiry of their previous certification.
Members who complete their re-certification audit early, (more than 4 months before the expiry of their previous certification), will have their new certification issued on the day it is approved by RJC. This may result in early expiration of their previous certification.
Members who complete their re-certification late (anytime after the expiry of their previous certification), will have their new certification issued on the day it is approved by RJC, resulting in a gap between certifications cycles.
Member certification validity dates are published on our website. Search the RJC member register.
Library of standards, guidance, toolkits and handbooks to help you achieve your RJC certification.
Standard - Chain of Custody 2017
Guidance - Chain of Custody 2017
Self-assessment - Chain of Custody 2017
Outsourced Contractor Assessment - Chain of Custody 2017
Assessment Manual (2019)
Supplemental Guidance - Chain of Custody 2017
Norma Sulla Catena di Custodia - CoC 2017
Guida Alla Norma Sulla Catena di Custodia - CoC 2017
Guida Practica di Autovalutazione RJC - CoC 2017
Outsourced Contractor Assessment - Chain of Custody 2017 (Italian)
Norme de la Chaine de Tracabilite - CoC 2017
Guide sur la Chaine de Tracabilite - CoC 2017
Classeur d'auto-évaluation du RJC - CoC 2017
Outsourced Contractor Assessment - Chain of Custody 2017 (French)
Chain of Custody Standard 2017