​Overview


 

ELECTROTECHNICAL ensures the safety and energy efficiency of electrical and electronic apparatus, components and related products offered for sale in South Africa. The safety and environmental requirements are based on internationally accepted standards. It is appointed by the National Department of Labour as the approvals body for electrical products and components of domestic and industrial low voltage electrical installations. 


ELECTROTECHNICAL also administers a compulsory specification for the control of gaming devices and related apparatus. The compulsory specification sets compulsory requirements for safety, fairness, security and reliability of gaming and bookmaking apparatus. It is appointed to perform these functions in terms of the National Gambling Act (Act No 7 of 2004).​​​


List of VC’s and Regulated Products


  
  
  
  
  
  
VC 8003_2015.pdf
  
VC 8003_20159/18/2015Compulsory specification for manually operated switches for fixed installationsCompulsory specification for manually operated switches for fixed installations
VC 8006 (2010).pdf
  
VC 8006 (2010)11/19/2010Compulsory specification for safety of flexible cords for electrical appliancesCompulsory specification for safety of flexible cords for electrical appliances
VC 8008 (2010).pdf
  
VC 800811/19/2010Compulsory specification for plugs, socket-outlets and socket-outlet adaptorsCompulsory specification for plugs, socket-outlets and socket-outlet adaptors
VC8011.pdf
  
VC80113/31/2017Compulsory specification for lamp holdersCompulsory specification for lamp holders
VC 8011 correction notice 2018.pdf
  
VC 801110/26/2018Supplement to VC8011Supplement to VC8011
VC8012(1-sided).pdf
  
VC801211/19/2010Compulsory specification for appliance couplersCompulsory specification for appliance couplers
VC9105.pdf
  
VC91059/30/2016Compulsory specification for electric motor-operated hand-held tools, transportable tools and lawn and garden machineryCompulsory specification for electric motor-operated hand-held tools, transportable tools and lawn and garden machinery
VC8029.pdf
  
VC80292/3/2012Compulsory specification for cord sets and cord extension setsCompulsory specification for cord sets and cord extension sets
VC8035.pdf
  
VC803510/16/1987Compulsory specification for earth leakage protection unitsCompulsory specification for earth leakage protection units
VC 8036.pdf
  
VC 803610/23/2015Compulsory specification for circuit-breakersCompulsory specification for circuit-breakers
vc 8039_2010.pdf
  
VC803911/19/2010Compulsory specification for The safety of starters for tubular fluorescent lampsCompulsory specification for The safety of starters for tubular fluorescent lamps
Supplement_VC9087.pdf
  
VC90877/11/2008Supplement for Compulsory specification for the lamp control gearSupplement for Compulsory specification for the lamp control gear
VC8043.pdf
  
VC80432/7/2014Compulsory specification for incandescent lampsCompulsory specification for incandescent lamps
vc 8052_2010.pdf
  
VC805211/19/2010Compulsory specification for manually operated switches for appliancesCompulsory specification for manually operated switches for appliances
Supplement_VC8055.pdf
  
VC805510/31/2014Supplement to VC8055Supplement to VC8055
VC9087.pdf
  
VC90872/6/2009Compulsory specification for the lamp control gearCompulsory specification for the lamp control gear
VC 9091.pdf
  
VC 90915/23/2014Compulsory specification for single-capped fluorescent lamps Compulsory specification for single-capped fluorescent lamps
VC8055.pdf
  
VC80552/6/2009Compulsory specification for electrical and electronic apparatusCompulsory specification for electrical and electronic apparatus
VC8075_2017.pdf
  
VC80758/18/2017Compulsory specification for the safety of electric cables with extruded solid dielectric insulation for fixed installations (300/500 V to 1 900/3 300 V)Compulsory specification for the safety of electric cables with extruded solid dielectric insulation for fixed installations (300/500 V to 1 900/3 300 V)
VC8077_2017.pdf
  
VC80773/31/2017Compulsory specification for safety of medium-voltage electric cablesCompulsory specification for safety of medium-voltage electric cables
VC9006.pdf
  
VC90065/16/2014Compulsory specification for hot water storage tanksCompulsory specification for hot water storage tanks
VC8079.pdf
  
VC807911/10/2003Compulsory specification for the control of gaming devices and related apparatusCompulsory specification for the control of gaming devices and related apparatus
VC9008.pdf
  
VC900811/28/2014Supplement to VC9008Supplement to VC9008
sup-VC9006.pdf
  
sup-VC90068/16/2014Supplement to VC9006Supplement to VC9006
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​LOA Application Process and Forms


  1. LOA Admin Procedure
  2. RCC Admin Procedure
  3. Sales Permit Form
  4. LOA Application Form
  5. Certificates Fees Fiscal 2019/2020
  6. NRCS Online Customer Manual
  7. CRM SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  8. Application for Registration (ANNEX 2)


Database of approved products


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is needed to apply for an LoA for my product?

A. Full safety test reports coming from accredited testing facility and not older than 36 months.

Q. Do my products needs an LoA?

A. Check the list of Compulsory Specifications on the NRCS website to see which products fall within the scope of Compulsory Specifications.

Q. Is CE certificate accepted by SA regulatory?

A. No, only full safety test reports coming from the accredited test laboratory and not older than 36

months are accepted.

Q. Is EN test reports accepted?

A. No, unless they are accompanied by the declaration report, declaring the equivalence of standards

to SANS/IEC.

Q. Who do I contact for Levies?

A. NRCS Finance Business Unit.

Q. How long does it takes to process a LoA application?

A. LoA applications are processed within 120 calendar days.

Q. How much does LoA cost?

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