Scope of application and exceptions
The regulation affects companies that procure minerals or metals containing tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold from conflict areas and high-risk areas. It also concerns companies that offer products or services for which there are reasonable grounds to suspect that they have been produced using child labour.
Some exemptions exist, for example if the quantities of imported and processed minerals remain below certain thresholds or when companies meet the requirements of specific international conventions. Exceptions also apply to small and medium-sized businesses with fewer than 250 employees.