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The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is an international certification agreement that guarantees the diamond market. This is to ensure that diamonds used to fund civil wars are not sold.
This agreement dates back to the conference held in in Kimberly in South Africa in 2000; the aim was to develop and guarantee a system to control transparency on the international raw diamonds market in accordance with resolutions passed by the United Nations.
More than 60 countries have joined to date, in addition to non-governmental associations and trade operators. It was established to provide a full guarantee and transparency with respect to both the quality and the ethical procedures used on the diamonds.