RE: Cement importers, manufactures urged to comply with requirements by the NRCS
The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has through its Chemicals, Materials and Mechanical Business Unit inspected cement in excess of 25 thousand tonnes from various ports of entries and retailers across the country. The inspections resulted in non-compliant cement being corrected before placed in the market, some destroyed and one Letter of Authority withdrawn. The cement that was destroyed was found not to comply with the requirements of the Compulsory Specification (VC) 9085:2007 which specifies the correct labelling on the packaging, the strength of cement and the weight as part of the requirements to which the cement should comply with.
Importers and manufactures trading in this commodity are required by law to apply for the Letter of Authority (LOA) which is the only legal document that allow them access into the South African market. 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 for examination, testing or analysing to determine compliance with the relevant compulsory specifications that are in force before the LOA is issued. The NRCS issues LOA certificates once compliance has been established.
Due to this high level of non-compliance, the NRCS has and will continue to consult with businesses within the cement industry to ensure compliance and would therefore like to warn those manufacturing or importing cement without the LOA to refrain from this illegal practice.
It is also calling on those who hold the necessary approval to furnish the NRCS with their latest test reports and information of their Third party conformity assessment bodies as required by VC 9085:2007 and to also ensure that their levy payments are up to date.
The NRCS would also like to urge South African consumers to look out for the NRCS LOA number which is printed on each bag of cement sold and to inform the NRCS in the event they come across any bag without this number for immediate redress. This is in accordance with the broad mandate of the NRCS to promote public health and safety, the environment and promote fair trade.
For media interviews, please contact Mirriam Moswaane on 012 482 8826 / 083 364 2007 and for technical queries please contact Thomas Madzivhe on 012 482 7789
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL REGULATOR FOR COMPULSORY SPECIFICATIONS (NRCS).