In every transaction, an impartial unseen third party watchdog is an essential element to ensure fair and honest play;
Legal Metrology Business Unit is mandated to ensure that consumers receive the correct measure of goods declared by the importer, manufacturer, or retailer on pre-packaged goods or, where a measuring instrument is used to conclude a transaction, it remains accurate within prescribed limits. In short, both industry and consumers are protected, which ensures fair trade. This is achieved by doing the following:
Ensuring that prescribed measuring instruments used for trade are type approved for proper design, construction and accuracy taking into account South African climate and environment before they are allowed to be sold into the market for trade purposes
Conducting inspection on goods and measuring instruments to ensure that importers, manufacturers, and retailers use approved and accurate measuring instruments for trade and that where there is pre-packing of goods, there is no short measure
Through our calibration laboratory we are providing traceability of accuracy to National Standard for verification and inspection standards, also standard used to approve measuring instruments
Under the National Gambling Act, we are mandated to evaluate and approve gaming hardware and software by issuing a Letter of Certification
Providing technical input into national, regional, and international standard development in the metrology domain. e.g. International Legal Metrology Organization (OIML) SADCMEL and AFRIMETS. The NRCS represents South Africa on the Legal Metrology matters on the forums mentioned above.