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​​​RRD ​Overview

​The Regulatory Research and Development Business Unit (RR&D) supports the NRCS's first strategic goal, which is to develop and maintain compulsory specifications, commonly referred to as VCs and Technical regulations (TRs) under the NRCS Act, no. 5 of 2008 as amended, Legal Metrology Act, No. 9 of 2014 and the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, No. 103 of 1977.
The unit's output is VCs and TRs published by the minister of Trade and industry prescribing minimum requirements for products that are regulated by the NRCS. The ​unit develops and maintains VCs and TRs for the five broad sectors under the NRCS, namely, Automotive; Electro-Technical; Chemicals, Mechanical and Materials (CMM), food and Associated Industries (FAI), Building and Construction Materials. and for fair trade, based on accurate measurements under the Legal Metrology Act. The unit performs within the NRCS's strategic goal number one, which is primarily to develop and maintain VCs and TRs through at least the following activities:

  • ​Identification of the need for new, or amendments to existing, VCs and TRs according to the latest international and national requirements. 
  • Conducting feasibility studies, risk assessment, and impact assessment in the process of determining the minimum requirement in VCs and TRs. 
  • Collaboration with stakeholders to determine minimum requirements and associated conformity activities in VCs and TRs. 
  • Regulatory research to benchmark the NRCS's regulatory practices with international best practices and to inform regulatory decisions that are included in VCs and TRs. 
  • Support the industrial policy action Plan (IPAP) of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) by developing VCs and TRs that promote industrial development initiatives across different key action programmers such as green industries, electro-technical. footwear, plastics and chemicals, automotive products and components, and agro-processing.

List of VC's and Regulated Products

​RRD Application Process and Forms



Contact Details​​

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