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11 Apr 14
NRCS DESTROYED NON-COMPLIANT PRODUCTS VALUED AT MILLIONS OF RANDS
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24 Mar 14
Destruction function of more than 300 000 of non-complying products
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11 Dec 13
MINISTER DAVIES TO SPEAK AT THE DESTRUCTION OF GOODS FUNCTION
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THE NRCS MANDATES

Government is responsible for protecting the health and safety of citizens, the environment, and for ensuring fair trade.
NRCS is a public entity responsible to the Minister of Trade and Industries for administration of technical regulations including COMPULSORY SPECIFICATIONS based on STANDARDS that protect human health and safety, and the environment.

Government is also obliged to ensure that National and International trade is fair and based on reliable measurements. NRCS administers the Trade Metrology Act on behalf of the Minister of Trade and Industries. The Act and regulations set requirements for measurements of quantity for trade purposes. The most common measurements in trade are for Mass, Volume, Length and Area.

There are very closely defined requirements for the most common trade measurements of products offered for sale in South Africa that are fully aligned with International requirements. NRCS applies best practice and is a leader in Regional and International Metrology.

 


The Regulatory Research and Development is busy which two important proposed projects that affect the Compulsory Motor Vehicle Specifications.


1)         For motor vehicles of category M2/3 (VC 8023) and N2/3 (VC 8025) over 3500kg GVM, it has been proposed to delete the exclusion for these categories of vehicles from having to be fitted with anti-lock braking systems. The proposal is that from 1 January 2015 these vehicles be fitted, and demonstrate proof of fitment to the NRCS, with anti-lock braking systems, and as from 1 January 2017, provide proof of anti-lock braking system test compliance.


2)         For motor vehicles of category M1 (VC 8022), M2/3 (VC 8023), N1 (VC 8024) and N2/3 (VC 8025) an extensive review is being undertaken to consider amending the safety level requirements on various components and systems. This will result in manufacturers and importers of motor vehicles requiring to prove compliance with later levels of the SANS Specifications (UN Regulations) that are referred to in the compulsory specifications. It is intended to review category M1 vehicles first and then category N1, after which categories M2/3 and N2/3 will be reviewed concurrently. Implementation dates have not been finalized and all stakeholders will be given ample notice once these have been established.


Protecting the Consumer
NRCS protects the consumer by enforcing compulsory specifications that set minimum standards for:
- Food and allied products
- Vehicles, tyres and vehicle components
- Electrical products and components
- Building and construction
- Cleaning and sanitation chemicals
- Personal protective equipment
- Firearms and shooting ranges
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Protecting the Enviroment
NRCS protects the environment by enforcing compulsory specifications for:
- Plastic bags; and
- Vehicle emissions
- Energy efficiency and labelling of electrical appliances and vehicles.
New compulsory specifications are being developed for lighting, electric motors and buildings.
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Supporting Industry
NRCS supports industry through:
- Approving products regulated by means of compulsory specifications so that they can be sold, imported or exported
- Protecting South African industry
against unfair competition
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Imports and Exports
Compliance with the compulsory specifications and regulations is a legal requirement for the sale, manufacture, import and in some cases export of certain products.
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Services to Government
NRCS administers compulsory specifications on behalf of the Minister of Trade and Industry

In certain cases, NRCS also provides services to other government departments.
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Consumer and Industry Watch Dog
A variety of sanctions are applied where products and services do not meet minimum standards. These range from stopping the sale of non-conforming products, to seizure, destruction and prosecution of offenders.
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