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The European Commission has enacted conflict minerals legislation that requires importers of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold into the European Union to follow the OECD DDG. In order to support this legislation the European Commission has issued guidance materials for the companies that must implement it.


Commission Recommendation (EU) 2018/1149 of 10 August 2018

Commission Recommendation (EU) 2018/1149 of 10 August 2018 on non-binding guidelines for the identification of conflict-affected and high-risk areas and other supply chain risks under Regulation (EU) 2017/821 of the European Parliament and of the Council



These guidelines, published in the Official Journal of the European Union, supports the implementation of the EU Conflict Minerals Law which, in turn, requires importers to the EU of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold to adhere to the OECD DDG. The guidelines recap many of the key components of the OECD, and give supplementary guidance on determining "Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas", and on where to find resources for risk identification in supply chains.


Other Comments

This resource compliments Step 2 of the OECD DDG: Identify and Assess Risks in the Supply Chain

The EU Conflict Minerals Law itself can be found here:

Frequently asked questions about the law can be found here:


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