Salar de Atacama (SQM)

Extracted materials:  Lithium brine, Potash, Bischofite, Halite, Sylvinite

Audit timeline

Audit start
12 January 2022 (Stage 1)


El Loa Province, Antofagasta Region, Chile

Audit details

Assessment type: Initial Audit

Assessment scope:  The assessment will include brine extraction, concentration, and waste disposal areas at SQM’s Salar de Atacama site, located in the Salar de Atacama sector (commune of San Pedro de Atacama), El Loa Province, Antofagasta Region of Chile. During the assessment the impacts and issues associated with the site will be reviewed, and each operation and facility will be visited.

SQM proposed in its assessment application form that 21 chapters of the IRMA Standard apply at the Salar de Atacama site, and the company proposes that the following chapters are not relevant (during Stage 1 of the audit, ERM-CVS will assess the company’s proposal for why chapters are not relevant):

  • 2.4 – Resettlement
  • 3.4 – Mining in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
  • 3.6 – Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
  • 4.7 – Cyanide Management
  • 4.8 – Mercury Management

Audit status: Stage 1 under way

Certification body: ERM Certification and Verification Services. (website)

Stakeholder engagement: Email ERM-CVS to provide input or participate in the audit. (email:

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