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2017-09-20 - NRCS’s LOA certificate remains the only legal document required to access the South African

 

 

 


MEDIA RELEASE  

 

DATE:  20 September 2017

 

TO: ALL NEWS EDITORS AND JOURNALISTS 

 

RE: NRCS’s LOA certificate remains the only legal document required to access the South African

 

The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) would like to inform, all captains of industry, the general public and relevant stakeholders that the Letter of Authority (LOA) certificate issued by the NRCS is the only legal document required to access the market for products regulated by the organisation.  

 

The issuing of this certificate follows a rigorous pre-market approval process to confirm products’ conformity to safety requirements that are set by the NRCS. Through this process, an applicant, importer or manufacturer of a regulated products is required to submit a sample of a product and a full test report acquired from an accredited testing facility and not older than 36 months for examination, testing or analysing to determine compliance with the relevant compulsory specifications that are in force before the LOA is issued.

 

The pre-market approval process is augmented by various other regulatory activities of ensuring on-going compliance of products that are offered for sale to protect consumers. This is done in congruence with the mandate of the organisation of ensuring the protection of public health, safety and the environment and to promote fair trade.

Activities include regular market surveillance inspections carried out by competent Inspectors across the country, border enforcement activities aimed at intercepting products before they have had a chance to reach the market and surprise raids in various business premises working with key stakeholders such as the South African Police Service, the South African Revenue Service Customs Division and the National Consumer Commission, among others.

 

These activities have proved effective in rooting out non-compliances across the markets.

 

 

The Regulator would further like to assure all stakeholders and South Africans at large that it is doing all in its power to root-out harmful  products from  the market. Rooting out non-compliant products is placed high on the NRCS agenda and remains a key priority for the organisation. In 2016/17 financial year alone, the NRCS conducted 48 634 inspections which led to the removal of non-compliant products worth R239 million.

 

 

The organisation would also like to encourage businesses to ensure compliance to avoid being subjected to the sanctioning process where their products are confiscated and destroyed and the necessary penalties imposed.  

 

Industry members remain a key stakeholder for the organisation and as such, the NRCS commits to deliver on their expectation in a number of ways related to its services such as the speedy processing of LOA applications, improving on communication and overall customer experience.  

 

 

For media interviews, please contact Mirriam Moswaane on 012 482 8826 / 083 364 2007 and for technical queries please contact Bongani Khanyile on 012 482 8886

 

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL REGULATOR FOR COMPULSORY SPECIFICATIONS (NRCS).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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