​​​​​​​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.pdf
  
VC 80289/3/1976Compulsory specification for firearms for civil useCompulsory specification for firearms for civil use
VC8032-A.pdf
  
VC8032-A2/6/2009Compulsory specification for personal flotation aidsCompulsory specification for personal flotation aids
VC8034.pdf
  
VC803410/15/1982Compulsory specification for coal-burning stoves and heaters for use in a dwelling - Withdrawn 2014Compulsory specification for coal-burning stoves and heaters for use in a dwelling - Withdrawn 2014
VC8041.pdf
  
VC80412/2/2001 Compulsory specification for microbiological safety cabinets (Classes I, II and III)Compulsory specification for microbiological safety cabinets (Classes I, II and III)
VC8041-A.pdf
  
VC8041-ASales Permit for microbiological safety cabinetsSales Permit for microbiological safety cabinets
VC8054.pdf
  
VC80545/14/1999Compulsory specification for disinfectants and detergent-disinfectantsCompulsory specification for disinfectants and detergent-disinfectants
VC 8054.pdf
  
VC8054-B10/20/2017Compulsory specification for disinfectants and detergent-disinfectants - BCompulsory specification for disinfectants and detergent-disinfectants
VC8041-B.pdf
  
VC8041-BTechnical File for microbiological safety cabinetsTechnical File for microbiological safety cabinets
VC8072.pdf
  
VC80725/13/2011Compulsory specification for respiratorsCompulsory specification for respirators
VC8073.pdf
  
VC80733/20/2003Compulsory specification for breathing apparatusCompulsory specification for breathing apparatus
VC8076(1-sided).pdf
  
VC807610/18/2002Compulsory specification for the safety of lightersCompulsory specification for the safety of lighters
VC8076-A.pdf
  
VC8076-AApplication for the homlogation of cigarette lightersApplication for the homlogation of cigarette lighters
VC8087-2013.pdf
  
VC80879/6/2013Compulsory specification for plastic carrier bags and flat bagsCompulsory specification for plastic carrier bags and flat bags
VC8076-B.pdf
  
VC8076-BTechnical file for cigarette lightersTechnical file for cigarette lighters
VC8076-C.pdf
  
VC8076-CApplication for the homlogation of a lighter typeApplication for the homlogation of a lighter type
VC9003.pdf
  
VC900310/29/2014Compulsory specification safety glass and other safety glazing materialsCompulsory specification safety glass and other safety glazing materials
VC9002.pdf
  
VC900210/23/2014VC9002-Compulsory specification for personal protective equipment: safety footwearVC9002-Compulsory specification for personal protective equipment: safety footwear
VC9085.pdf
  
VC90857/6/2007Compulsory specification for cementCompulsory specification for cement
VC9090.pdf
  
VC90902/6/2009Swimming AidsSwimming Aids
VC9088.pdf
  
VC90886/6/2007Compulsory specification for small arms shooting rangesCompulsory specification for small arms shooting ranges
VC9089-2013.pdf
  
VC90899/28/2012Compulsory specification for non-pressure paraffin stoves and heatersCompulsory specification for non-pressure paraffin stoves and heaters
VC9092-A.pdf
  
VC9092-AItems required for an application for the approval of a manufacturing facility for the preservative treatment of timberItems required for an application for the approval of a manufacturing facility for the preservative treatment of timber
VC9093.pdf
  
VC909311/16/2012Compulsory specification for pressurised paraffin appliancesCompulsory specification for pressurised paraffin appliances
VC9092-B.pdf
  
VC9092-BTechnical file for a manufacturing facility for the preservative treatment of timberTechnical file for a manufacturing facility for the preservative treatment of timber
VC9092-C.pdf
  
VC9092-CApplication for the approval of a manufacturing facility for the preservative treatment of timberApplication for the approval of a manufacturing facility for the preservative treatment of timber

​​CMM Policies and Procedures Forms


  1. Approval of Cement​​
  2. Approval of non-pressure paraffin stoves and heaters
  3. Approval of Personal Floatation Devices
  4. Approval of plastic carrier bags and flat bags
  5. Approval of Shooting Range
  6. Approval of swimming aids
  7. Homologation of lighters
  8. Homologation of re​spiratory protective devices
  9. Registration of disinfectants and detergents-disinfectants​​

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. ​