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International recognition

 

EurGeol recognised as a first step towards the Competent Person in Europe


The training, competence and experience underlying the European Geologist (EurGeol) title are recognised across Europe and abroad as a passport for professional practice in Europe , thereby encouraging free movement of professionals.

The mineral sector is one of the main employers for geologists and recognition of the necessary professional competence, integrity and ethics is very advanced in this area. The recognition of the European Geologists holding the necessary experience and competence as a pre-condition to acting as Competent Persons able to sign off reports has been extended.

The Pan-European Reserve and Resource Reporting Committee (PERC) is the organisation responsible for setting standards for public reporting of exploration results, mineral resources, and mineral reserves by companies listed on markets in Europe. As a member of CRIRSCO (the Committee For Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards), the PERC Reporting Standard is recognized world-wide and fully aligned with the CRIRSCO Reporting Template. PERC is established formally as a not-for-profit organisation registered in Brussels by its four founding organisations, the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3), the European Federation of Geologists (EFG), the Geological Society of London (GSL) and the Institute of Geologists of Ireland (IGI).

EFG as one of the founding members of PERC is therefore considered to be a Recognised Professional Organisation (RPO) enabling European Geologists to qualify as Competent Persons if they can prove the necessary competence.

To be recognised as an RPO (Recognised Professional Organisation) or ROPO (Recognised Overseas Professional Organisation), an organisation must satisfy the following criteria:

  • be a self-regulatory organisation covering professionals in the mining and/or exploration industry;
  • admit members primarily on the basis of their academic qualifications and professional experience;
  • require compliance with the professional standards of competence and ethics established by the organisation anywhere in the World (not just within the home jurisdiction of the organisation); and
  • have disciplinary powers, including the power to suspend or expel a member for breaches of professional standards of competence or ethics anywhere in the World.

The Competent Person recognition relies on self-declaration and the level of competence required may vary. European Geologists who wish to qualify as Competent Persons need a detailed professional experience in the relevant field of geology and the mineral sector, quoting the PERC Standard: “Those being called upon to act as Competent Persons should be clearly satisfied in their own minds that they could face their peers and demonstrate competence in the commodity, type of deposit and situation under consideration. If doubts exist, the person should either seek opinions from appropriately experienced colleagues or should decline to act as a Competent Person.”

European Geologists who require a deeper understanding of this matter should consult the guidance in the PERC Standard (and the other CRIRSCO standards), of which detailed knowledge is required for acting as a Competent Person.

 

Agreement EFG-EAGE


Based on the agreement signed between EAGE, the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, and EFG in March 2013:

  • EAGE promotes the EurGeol Title to its European members, and maps the EurGeol Title competency matrix with EAGE’s portfolio of training and educational programmes that could support those preparing for an application or the CPD of existing title holders.;
  • EFG recognises EAGE as an official CPD point provider in the EurGeol title process.

EAGE promotes the EurGeol title as professional accreditation to its European members.

 

Cooperation agreement with the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSAF)


The signing organisations recognise that their objectives with respect to the professional practice of the geological sciences are similar and further recognise the importance of cooperation as the practice of the geological sciences transcends international borders.

The commitments are as follows:

  1. Recognise one another and each organisation’s status with respect to the geosciences professions in their respective jurisdictions.
  2. Extend to one another a standing invitation for a representative of the other organisation to attend all meetings, including those of any committee or subcommittee, at no registration cost.
  3. Cooperate in developing a mechanism for the mutual recognition of standards between their continents.
  4. Cooperate in the development and maintenance of beneficial liaisons with equivalent national organisations in other countries involved in the registration of professional geoscientists and the regulation of the practice of geoscience.
  5. This agreement does not prohibit either organisation from pursuing other cooperative agreements with other geoscience organisations.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf)


In March 2015, the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) signed a memorandum of understanding in Brussels to increase their mutual cooperation.

Given the similar objectives and common benefits of its members, EFG and GSAF agree to promote activities fostering cooperation in scientific research and promote scientific opportunities between members of both organisations.

EFG and GSAf will promote the following activities:

  • Exchange of information on key programs and initiatives;
  • Expansion of membership of both organisations through possible joint programs;
  • Exchange of information and possible joint activities concerning international cooperation, educational opportunities, student programs and professional services;

EurGeol recognised as Competent Person in South Africa


SAMCODE is a group of South African codes:

  • SAMREC Code sets out minimum standards, recommendations and guidelines for Public Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves in South Africa.
  • SAMVAL Code sets out minimum standards, recommendations and guidelines for Public Reporting of Mineral Asset Valuation in South Africa.

EFG is a Recognised Overseas Professional Organisation (ROPO) of Samcode: List of recognised ROPOS

Cooperation agreement with the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG)


The signing organisations recognise that their objectives with respect to the professional practice of the geological sciences are similar and further recognise the importance of cooperation as the practice of the geological sciences transcends international borders.

The commitments are as follows:

  1. Recognise one another and each organisation’s status with respect to the geosciences professions in their respective jurisdictions.
  2. Extend to one another a standing invitation for a representative of the other organisation to attend all meetings, including those of any committee or subcommittee, at no registration cost.
  3. Cooperate in developing a mechanism for the mutual recognition of standards between their continents.
  4. Cooperate in the development and maintenance of beneficial liaisons with equivalent national organisations in other countries involved in the registration of professional geoscientists and the regulation of the practice of geoscience.
  5. This agreement does not prohibit either organisation from pursuing other cooperative agreements with other geoscience organisations.

EurGeol recognised as Competent Person in Australia


JORC is the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (‘the JORC Code’). JORC is a professional code of practice that sets minimum standards for Public Reporting of minerals Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves in Australia. The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) introduced in 2003, a procedure for identifying ‘Recognised Overseas Professional Organisations’ (ROPO) as accredited organisations to which Competent Persons must belong for the purpose of preparing reports on Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves. In the 2012 Edition, the updated language of ‘Recognised Professional Organisation’ (RPO) has been adopted in order to be consistent with CRIRSCO standard definitions.

The EFG and its European Geologists are recognised as fulfilling the requirements for recognition as a ROPO resp. as members of a RPO: International Reciprocity of Competent Persons.

Mutual recognition of professional qualifications between the American Institute of Professional Geologists, AIPG and the European Federation of Geologists


By this mutual recognition of professional qualifications agreements the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) will accept applications for the title of Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) from members of the European Federation of Geologists who are registered as an European Geologist (EurGeol) with a single sponsorship affidavit from the European Federation of Geologists, in lieu of the standard application requirements

The objective is to have an accelerated application process which will not require the submission of transcripts or certified record of employment. Each organisation will provide an application to meet these objectives.

Application form for award of the Certified Professional Geologists (CPG) with the American Institute of Professional Geologists title under the reciprocity agreement with the European Federation of Geologists: (doc) (pdf)

Please contact the EFG Office for more information.

Canadian Council of Professional Geoscientists (CCPG) Associate Member of EFG


An EFG Associate Member is a National Association within a country outside Europe. EFG and its associate members agree to cooperate in developing a mechanism for the mutual recognition of standards.
EFG and CCPG are currently preparing a mutual recognition agreement with a view to harmonising the standards of both organisations and recognising the title holders of both organisations.

EurGeols recognised as “Qualified Persons” in Canada


NI43-101, National Instrument 43-101 is a national instrument for the Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects within Canada. The Instrument is a codified set of rules and guidelines for reporting and displaying information related to mineral properties owned by, or explored by, companies which report these results on stock exchanges within Canada. This includes foreign-owned mining entities who trade on stock exchanges overseen by the Canadian Securities Administrators, even if they only trade on Over The Counter (OTC) derivatives or other instrumented securities.
The Ontario Securities Commission published on 8 April 2011 the new “Standards of disclosure for mineral projects”. The amendments became effective on 30 June 2011.

EFG is recognised as foreign association and the European Geologist Title (EurGeol) as membership designation.

International partnership

Partner of ENSQM

The European Network for sustainable quarrying and mining (ENSQM) is a neutral network aiming at boosting sustainable mining and quarrying at national level by creating a culture of cooperation among all the stakeholders in the mining and quarrying sector at national level to open and manage mines and quarries in a sustainable way. At national level, the commitment could materialise in a national/local/regional forum within the framework of jointly agreed objectives and procedure between the stakeholders of the mining and quarrying sector. The ultimate goal would be that the European Network for Sustainable Quarrying and Mining becomes a reference for the sector because it takes into account economic, social and environmental values.

More information: http://ensqm.weebly.com/

Member of GeoTrainet

GeoTrainet began as an EU-funded project which ran from 2008-2011. A lack of appropriately skilled personnel and varying quality of installations had been identified at a barrier to the expansion of shallow geothermal energy use in Europe, so the GeoTrainet project was set up to develop an educational programme which could provide a benchmark standard for training in the sector.
The project was a success with the comprehensive programme developed by a broad range of experts from across Europe in high demand in the project countries.
The demand was so high that only a small proportion of the applicants could be accommodated in the courses organised during the project, so it was decided that the concept should continue as an organisation in its own right. On the 25th February, 2014 the association ‘geo-education for a sustainable geothermal heating and cooling market’, or ‘GeoTrainet’ for short, was officially established under Belgian law with nine founding members : EFG (Europe) –EGEC (Europe) – ANIG hp (Italy) -RGS (Romania) – BWP (Germany) – GEOPLAT (Spain) – SGC (Sweden) – APG (Portugal) – HHPA (Hungary)

Since then, the membership has continued to grow and more training courses have been held. A European Training committee is now being established which will pave the way for expansion into new countries, more courses, and eventually the certification of installers.

More information: http://geotrainet.eu/

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Association for Geoethics 

The International Association for Geoethics (IAGETH) and the European Federation of Geologists (EFG), hereafter respectively referred to as IAGETH and EFG, are two organizations affiliated to the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), aiming at developing activities related to geology and geosciences in their respective scopes have signed on 15 September 2015 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on issues of common interest.

IAGETH and EFG decided to cooperate and collaborate for the development and strengthening of their respective capabilities and initiatives. Therefore, the present Memorandum of Understanding is signed between the Presidents of the two organizations.

The objective of the MoU is to bring the two IUGS-affiliated organizations (IAGETH and EEG) together to focus attention on the conjunction of geoethical aspects and best practices in the context of geosciences, through joint actions, including professional  and institutional  cooperation  on different subjects and the production of training material, roadmaps and protocols at different levels.

Areas of cooperation/Terms

  1. Both organizations will have a link to the other organization in their respective websites.
  2. When organizing joint scientific events, both organizations will include their respective logos.
  3. Members of each organization will have free access to the materials produced by the other organization, with the exception on those documents which are classified, are of restricted access due to contractual provisions, or confidential in nature or by force of international or national law.
  4. Both organizations will support each other in international fora for the development of their respective activities and recognizing their roles.
  5. Other similar activities as might be deemed necessary and agreed upon by both organizations in the future.

Memorandum of agreement with the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)

The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) and the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) have signed on 12 December 2014 a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to collaborate on issues of common interest.

The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) is a multidisciplinary, scientific platform for widening the debate on problems of Ethics applied to the Geosciences.

EFG and IAPG shall collaborate in defining ethical problems, also through case-studies, affecting professional geologists, and in promoting geoethical principles and best practices in geosciences among their networks.

In particular, the EFG shall:

  • Promote IAPG’s initiatives and events on themes of common interest through its webpages and publications.
  • Recognize IAPG as a partner for ethical and social issues in geosciences.
  • Promote collaborations in projects when geoethics themes are dealt with.
  • Involve IAPG in EFG’s publications and in participations at EFG’s meetings that deal with themes related to Geoethics.

The IAPG shall:

  • Promote EFG’s initiatives and events on themes of common interest through its webpages and publications.
  • Promote the EurGeol Title to its European members by using existing communications channel.
  • Support EFG on issues related to ethical and social implications of geosciences.
  • Promote collaborations in projects on themes of common interest.
  • Involve EFG in IAPG’s publications and in participations at scientific meetings/congresses on Geoethics organized by IAPG.

Affiliate member of the International Union of Geosciences

Sponsor of the IUGS Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism

Pan-European reserves Resources reporting committee

Member of the Pan-European Reserves and Resources Reporting Committee

Official Partner of Sustainable Energy Europe

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNECE

UNECE and the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) have agreed to join forces to promote the goals and objectives of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC), in particular its application to energy and raw materials required for sustainable development, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The cooperation envisaged under the UNECE – EFG MoU will include the promotion of UNFC as a tool to achieve balanced, transparent, equitable development of energy and mineral resources to achieve broad-based sustainable growth in alignment with EU policies and directives. Through a range of outreach and other activities, UNECE and EFG will promote UNFC as a sustainable management tool to support policy analysis, government resources management, industrial business processes, and the introduction of innovative technologies and financing.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with YES Network

EFG has partnered with Young Earth Scientists (YES) through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

EFG and YES commit to a close collaboration dedicated to the facilitation of career development of young geosciences professionals. They will promote each other’s activities, such as EFG’s European Geologist title and Code of ethics, as well as develop joint actions and events.