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Background to the NRCS

The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications ( NRCS) was established on 1 September 2008, in accordance with the provisions of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act, (Act no.5 of 2008) (NRCS Act). It emerged as an independent organisation from the original Regulatory Division of the South African Bureau of Standards and falls within the area of responsibility of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).

The NRCS’s mandate includes promoting public health and safety, environmental protection and ensuring fair trade. This mandate is achieved through the development and administration of technical regulations and compulsory specifications as well as through market surveillance to ensure compliance with the requirements of the compulsory specifications and technical regulations. NRCS stakeholders include the South African Government, industry and the citizens.


  • Overview

    The NRCS is an entity of the department of Trade and Industry 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.

  • Vision

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

  • Mission

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

  • Strategic Objectives

    To develop, maintain and administer compulsory specifications and technical regulations
    To maximise compliance with all specifications and technical regulations
    To inform and educate our stakeholders about the NRCS
    To ensure an optimally capacitated institution