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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 credible and respected regulator for the protection of the public, the economy, and the environment


To develop compulsory specifications and technical regulations, and maximize compliance of regulated products and services

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​