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New mandatory performance specifications to improve lighting efficiency for households on the cards
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Background to the NRCS
The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications ( NRCS) was established on 1 September 2008, in accordance with the provisions of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act, (Act no.5 of 2008) (NRCS Act). It emerged as an independent organisation from the original Regulatory Division of the South African Bureau of Standards and falls within the area of responsibility of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).
The NRCS’s mandate includes promoting public health and safety, environmental protection and ensuring fair trade. This mandate is achieved through the development and administration of technical regulations and compulsory specifications as well as through market surveillance to ensure compliance with the requirements of the compulsory specifications and technical regulations. NRCS stakeholders include the South African Government, industry and the citizens.


New mandatory performance specifications to improve lighting efficiency for households on the cards


 


The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and the Department of Energy in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), hosted a consultative industry information session with the lightening industry in Pretoria recently.


 


Attended by various stakeholders within the sector, the information session was aimed at informing the industry about plans to start regulating the safety, quality and energy performance of household lamps.


 


Existing regulations (VC 8043: incandescent lamps and VC 9091: compact fluorescent lamps) cover older products but rapid technological advances over the past few years has led to significantly more efficient lighting products being widely available across South Africa hence the proposed new regulations.


 


The session also –marked the first step in a formal process that will include a socio-economic impact assessment, risk assessment and stakeholder consultation. The planned regulations will take into consideration South Africa’s commitments in terms of the Minamata Convention and the phasing out of products containing mercury from the market.


 


Government’s objective is to protect consumers against poor quality products, reduce household electricity consumption, and importantly ensure products meet minimum safety requirements. In the past few years, the NRCS in conjunction with other government agencies at the ports of entry, removed and destroyed millions of non-compliant light bulbs worth 1.2 million from the market.


 


Recent months have seen significant global shifts towards phasing out more inefficient lighting products. South Africa has worked closely with international partners to compile a first draft of the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), taking into consideration international best practices. This move is part of a broader collaboration on efficient appliances supported by the United Nations Development Programme.


 


The Department of Energy (DoE) in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Regulator for compulsory Specification (NRCS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is also implementing a project called ‘Market Transformation through the introduction of energy efficiency standards and the labelling of household appliances in South Africa. 


 


The main objective is to remove inefficient electronic appliances from the South African market and encouraging the adoption of efficient technologies through enforcement of minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), labelling and incentive programs which will eventually lead to significant reduction of electricity consumption and the carbon footprint in South African households.


 


 

 


 


The fourth industrial revolution (4iR) is the fourth major industrial era since the initial industrial revolution of the 18th century. It is characterised by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between physical, digital and biological spheres, collectively referred to as cyber physical systems.


Some of the rapid industrial changes the 4iR bring are additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality as well as data analytics.


 

 

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For BCO Convention 2018 registration send your email address to bcoregistration@nrcs.org.za

 

 

NRCS ONLINE SYSTEM

 


 

 


The NRCS has implemented an Online system on the 1st of September 2014 which enables online approvals for LOA, Health guarantees and RCC.


The NRCS Online System is accessible under Quick Links below left,


download the system Manual here.



Download the NRCS Customer Portal Registration VIDEO on the following YouTube link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDZz9G4J08I


Companies must ALWAYS use their JDE Customer Account No or else their company name as payment Dep Ref.




 

 

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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