Q. What is Legal Metrology?
A. It is the science of measurements divided into three branches namely: scientific, industrial and Legal Metrology.
Legal Metrology is measurements controlled by law concerned with the accuracy of measurements where they have influence on the transparency of economic transactions, health and safety.
Q. What does Legal Metrology do?
A. 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. eg International Legal Metrology Organisation (OIML) SADCMEL and AFRIMETS. The NRCS represents South Africa on the Legal Metrology matters on the forums mentioned above.
Q. What does the e-mark mean?
A The e-mark is a voluntary registration scheme in terms of SANS 1841, underwritten by NRCS Legal Metrology to ensure a consistent implementation of quantity control measures and gives consumers a guarantee that prepackaged goods bearing the mark are compliant to the average packing system. The scheme is also a mechanism designed to enable Industry to regulate themselves, to instill consumer confidence in pre-packaged goods and promote international and cross border trade.