RE: NRCS JOINS THE WORLD METROLOGY DAY CELEBRATION AND CALLS ON THE INDUSTRY TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH SA REGULATION ON MEASUREMENTS.
The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), today, joins other Member States and Territories of the World Metrology Organizations (WMO) to commemorate the World Metrology Day which is an annual celebration of the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875.
The day is commemorated annually on 20 May worldwide to mark the framework which was developed on the day for global collaboration in the science of measurements in industrial, commercial and societal applications. The framework provides the basis for a worldwide coherent measurement system that underpins scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, as well as the improvement of the quality of life and the protection of the global environment.
The theme for World Metrology Day 2020 is Measurements for global trade. This theme was chosen to create awareness of the important role measurement plays in facilitating fair global trade, ensuring products meet standards and regulations, and satisfying customer quality expectations.
South Africa is also a member of The International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML), which develops International Recommendations, which aim to align and harmonise requirements worldwide in many fields. The OIML also operates the OIML Certification System (OIML-CS) which facilitates international acceptance and global trade of regulated measuring instruments.
The metrology system in South Africa provide the necessary assurance and confidence that measurements are accurate, providing a sound basis for global trade today and helping us to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. This is augmented by the introduction of the Legal Metrology Act, 2014 and the Legal Metrology Regulations, 2017, which now include measuring instruments and measurements in the fields of health, safety and the environment.
As dictated by the Act, any person who wants to be responsible for verification or repairs of any measuring instrument used for any prescribed purpose in terms of the Legal Metrology Act, 2014 must be -
(a) employed by a designated verification or repair body; and
(b) registered with the NRCS
As part of the commemoration, the NRCS would like to appeal to all designated verification or repair bodies, requested to repair or verify any measuring instruments used for a prescribed purpose, to issue rejection certificates prohibiting the further use of instruments if found non-compliant and suppliers must ensure to utilize verification or repair bodies designated by NRCS when purchasing, repairing or verifying measuring instruments.
For technical queries, please speak to Jaco Marneweck on 012 482 8793 / Cell 083 633 2256
For media related queries, please contact Mirriam Moswaane on 012 482 8826 / 083 364 2007
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL REGULATOR FOR COMPULSORY SPECIFICATIONS (NRCS).