Equal treatment of local and imported products, and competition on a level playing field, are fundamental principles of the WTO TBT and SPS agreements. This also applies to the conformity assessment bodies (laboratories and certification schemes) recognized by the NRCS to provide reliable proof of conformity of products to the applicable compulsory specifications. NRCS will accept test reports from any conformity assessment body, local or foreign, that meets its requirements.
NRCS consults widely and attempts to involve all stakeholders and especially industry in the development of new compulsory specifications and amendments. Every effort is made to align local with international regulatory requirements. The same requirements apply to imported and exported commodities assisting local industry to become globally competitive.
APPROVALS AND LETTERS OF AUTHORITY
NRCS approves products that meet with the requirements of applicable compulsory specifications. Letters of Authority are issued to manufacturers and importers as soon as the requirements have been met, in order that the products can be imported or offered for sale.
EXPORT SERVICESThe NRCS Food and Allied Industries Department is recognized throughout the world as a leader in food safety, and has been appointed as the certification body for export of frozen marine products to the EU. FAI is audited regularly by EU authorities and fully meets it’s requirements.