National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and Standards Bill. 17 October 2007. Process – How did we get here?. FRIDGE Study on Standards, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology (technical infrastructure) completed April 2001.
National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications(NRCS) and Standards Bill
17 October 2007
quality requirements and customer safety needs can be met; control of low quality imports prevent undercutting of industrial productive base.
Set policy, laws &
Prove technical requirements are met
Testing, Inspection & Certification
SOUTH AFRICA’S TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Specific technical requirement
of a product or a system
Underpins testing & calibration
through national measurement standards
The broad mandate of the NRCS - to promote public safety and consumer protection issues through the enforcement of compulsory minimum standards for the safety and performance of products and services. In order to achieve its mandate the NRCS undertakes the following:
Sampling products for examination
Have samples tested or analysed
Recalls non compliant products
The bill provides for the following transitional arrangements as from the effective date:
ØThat all assets, liabilities, rights and obligations of the regulatory department of SABS are transferred to National Regulatorfor Compulsory Specifications (NRCS);
ØThat all employees of SABS employed in the Regulatory Department and those that provide administrative support to the NRCS are transferred to the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications in terms of section 197 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995);
ØThat all notices, designations and certificates issued in terms of the Standards Act, 1993 (Act No. 29 of 1993) in respect of any matter dealt with in this Act are deemed to have been issued in terms of this Act; and
ØThat all regulations promulgated in terms of the Standards Act, 1993 (Act No. 29 of 1993) in respect of any matter dealt with in this Act are deemed to have been issued in terms of this Act.
The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Bill provides for transitional arrangements, including the transfer of all Regulatory staff and administrative staff responsible for administrative support with regards to compulsory specifications as well as the transfer of relevant assets and liabilities from SABS to the NRCS. The Bill also provides for the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer and a Board.
In the interim, the current Regulatory Divisional Director,
Mr Moses Moeletsi, will act as Chief Executive Officer.
The recruitment process for a permanent Chief Executive
Officer will commence once the legislative process for the establishment of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications has been approved and a Board has been established.
The provision of the South African enquiry point to maintain the South African notification system in terms of the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement of the World Trade Organisation;
National Treasury and the Department of Public Service and Administration have been formally consulted in line with the PFMA on the separation and re-establishment of the SABS as a public entity as well as the establishment of the NRCS.
Other stakeholders consulted:
Department of Labour; Department of Transport; Department of Agriculture; Department of Housing; Department of Health; Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism; Department of Minerals and Energy; Department of Science and Technology; Department of Local and Provincial Government and the Presidency.
National Metrology Laboratory of South Africa ( NMISA) and the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS)
Industry and other interested parties