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About Us - Overview


​The NRCS is an entity of the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (the dtic); established to administer compulsory specifications and other technical regulations with the view to protect human health, safety, the environment and ensure fair trade in accordance with government policies and guidelines.​​​


A safe, sustainable South Africa where people and businesses can trade and purchase with confidence.


To protect public health and safety, safeguard the environment and facilitate fair trade.

Legislative Frameworks

The legislative framework under which the NRCS performs its tasks on behalf of the dtic are as follows:

  • The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act (Act No. 5 of 2008)
  • Legal Metrology Act (Act No.9 of 2014)
  • National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (Act No. 103 of 1977)
The Strategic Objectives of the NRCS are​:
  • To develop, maintain and administer compulsory specifications and technical regulations
  • To maximize compliance with all specifications and technical regulations
  • To inform and educate our stakeholders about the NRCS
  • ​To ensure an optimally capacitated institution​