20 September 2017
TO: ALL NEWS EDITORS AND
RE: NRCS’s LOA certificate remains the only legal
document required to access the South African
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.
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
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.
have proved effective in rooting out non-compliances across the markets.
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
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.
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.
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).