​​​​​​​Chemical, Mechanical and Material Overview




​The Chemical, Mechanical and Materials Business Unit is responsible for the regulation of Compulsory Specifications that fall within the scope of various industry sectors. These include personal protective equipment, fire arms and shooting ranges, flame producing devices, health related products, construction materials, cement and products that affect the environment including plastic bags. ​

List of VC's and ​Regulated Products


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VC8028.pdfVC8028Compulsory specification for firearms for civil use9/3/1976
VC8032-A.pdfVC8032-ACompulsory specification for personal flotation aids2/6/2009
VC8034.pdfVC8034Compulsory specification for coal-burning stoves and heaters for use in a dwelling - Withdrawn 201410/15/1982
VC8041.pdfVC8041 Compulsory specification for microbiological safety cabinets (Classes I, II and III)2/2/2001
VC8041-A.pdfVC8041-ASales Permit for microbiological safety cabinets
VC8054.pdfVC8054Compulsory specification for disinfectants and detergent-disinfectants5/14/1999
VC 8054.pdfVC 8054Compulsory specification for disinfectants and detergent-disinfectants - B10/20/2017
VC8041-B.pdfVC8041-BTechnical File for microbiological safety cabinets
VC8072.pdfVC8072Compulsory specification for respirators5/13/2011
VC8073.pdfVC8073Compulsory specification for breathing apparatus3/20/2003
VC8076(1-sided).pdfVC8076(1-sided)Compulsory specification for the safety of lighters10/18/2002
VC8076-A.pdfVC8076-AApplication for the homlogation of cigarette lighters
VC8087-2013.pdfVC8087-2013Compulsory specification for plastic carrier bags and flat bags9/6/2013
VC8076-B.pdfVC8076-BTechnical file for cigarette lighters
VC8076-C.pdfVC8076-CApplication for the homlogation of a lighter type
VC9003.pdfVC9003Compulsory specification safety glass and other safety glazing materials10/29/2014
VC9002.pdfVC9002VC9002-Compulsory specification for personal protective equipment: safety footwear10/23/2014
VC9085.pdfVC9085Compulsory specification for cement7/6/2007
VC9090.pdfVC9090Swimming Aids2/6/2009
VC9088.pdfVC9088Compulsory specification for small arms shooting ranges6/6/2007
VC9089-2013.pdfVC9089-2013Compulsory specification for non-pressure paraffin stoves and heaters9/28/2012
VC9092-A.pdfVC9092-AItems required for an application for the approval of a manufacturing facility for the preservative treatment of timber
VC9093.pdfVC9093Compulsory specification for pressurised paraffin appliances11/16/2012
VC9092-B.pdfVC9092-BTechnical file for a manufacturing facility for the preservative treatment of timber
VC9092-C.pdfVC9092-CApplication for the approval of a manufacturing facility for the preservative treatment of timber

​​CMM Policies and Procedures Forms


Database of Approved Products​​​


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Can an inspector do an inspection without making an appointment?

A. Yes, in order to monitor and enforce compliance with this Act and, subject to the conditions of his or her appointment, an inspector may at any reasonable time and without prior notice enter any premises, other than a private dwelling, in or upon which

  1. (a)  an article in respect of which there is a compulsory specification, is

    1. (i)  manufactured or sold;

    2. (ii)  stored or used in the course of any business; or

    (iii) stored for any purpose in connection with the import or export of the

    commodity or product;

  2. (b)  any manufacture, sale, use or storage is reasonably suspected; or

  3. (c)  any records with regard to the import, manufacture or sale of an article referred to in

    paragraph (a) or (b) are kept.

Q. What is the process to obtain an NRCS LoA?

A. There are application forms that you need to complete and submit to NRCS together with the proof of payment and required documentation that are specified on forms.

Q. Can I import products into the country and then apply for an LoA?

A. No, you get the LoA certificate first, and then import products.

Q. Will NRCS accept test reports from laboratories outside of South Africa?

A. Yes, as long as the laboratory is accredited by a body that is a member of ILAC.

Q. What is the period of validity of the LoA?

A. Commodities have different validity periods

Q. How much is the application fee?

A. Updated fees are gazetted annually and available on the NRCS website.

Q. Can NRCS assist with the completion of the application forms?

A. Yes. If assistance is required, the relevant inspectors can be contacted for appointments. 

Q. Where can I get the Standards referenced in the Compulsory Specifications?

A. From SABS Standards Sales.

Q. If my product has the SABS certification, why do I need to have NRCS approval? 

A. NRCS approval is compulsory and SABS certification is voluntarily. ​

Q. My product meets international standards, why should they be subjected to NRCS approval? 

A. All products covered under the scope of a Compulsory Specifications shall comply with the

requirements in South Africa. NRCS will therefore assess compliance to the relevant specifications.

Q. Where can I obtain application forms?

A. Application forms are obtainable from the NRCS website, can be emailed or faxed and or can be

collected at all NRCS offices.

Q. Where can I obtain a list of approved products?

A. The lists are obtainable on the NRCS website or can be requested from the Business Unit. ​


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