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Find links to resources such as publications, statistics, or the Kimberly Process for Rough Diamonds or Certified Reference Materials.

NRCan National Non-Destructive Testing Certification Body
Find out about the three major categories of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and the NRCan NDT Certification Body. You can also read about NDT Certified Personnel, including who is currently certified by NRCan.

Canada: A Diamond-Producing Nation
Read up on the Canadian diamond industry, including a brief history, major mines, the Kimberley Process for Rough Diamonds, and our participation in the international certificate scheme to prevent conflict diamonds from entering legitimate markets.

Minerals and Metals Markets
Find out what kind of research and analysis Natural Resources Canada does and how it helps with policy and program development with respect to the minerals, metals, and materials industries.

Start here if you are interested in exploring statistics related to mineral exploration, development and production.

Certified Reference Materials
Discover NRCan’s Canadian Certified Reference Materials Project, which prepares and certifies reference materials used by various industries. You can order a catalogue of materials.

Mining/Materials Publications
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