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Any manufacturer, importer or person offering or supplying for sale a prescribed measuring instrument, product or service that falls within the scope of the law after the entry into force of this Regulation shall apply for registration with the national regulatory authority within three years of the entry into force of this Regulation. The application for registration shall be submitted by completing an application form available from the national regulatory authority and submitting the application form and any additional information necessary to the national regulatory authority. The national regulatory authority shall issue a certificate to a registrant as proof of registration. Regardless of any amendments to the registration certificate, the registration certificate is valid for a period of five years from the date of first registration, after which a new application must be completed if the business of manufacturing, importing a good or product, or providing a service is still active. If the information provided to the national regulatory authority has changed since registration, the registrant shall notify those changes to the national regulatory authority within 30 days. That amended information shall be submitted to the national regulatory authority in a format prescribed by the national regulatory authority. An amended registration certificate indicating the changes shall be issued by the national regulatory authority. Harmonization of international, regional and local standards This is achieved through participation in strategic structures and technical committees at the international, regional and national levels. This process involves placing the Secretariat in a number of committees, making comments and voting in the interests of South Africa.

In response to the demand for safe and environmentally friendly products, governments and their regulators are taking different approaches to adopting technical regulations. These technical rules may include product standards, conformity assessments such as product certification, testing and inspection, pre- or post-market requirements, and penalties when products do not comply with the requirements of various technical regulations. With this in mind, an information leaflet has been published for the essential and vegetable oil industry in South Africa on labelling and accuracy requirements for prepackages subject to legal metrological control. The International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) is an intergovernmental treaty organization comprising member States, countries actively involved in technical activities and corresponding members, countries acceding to the OIML as observers. OIML was founded in 1955 to promote global harmonization of legal metrology. Since its inception, OIML has developed a global technical infrastructure that provides its members with metrological guidelines for the development of national and regional requirements for the manufacture and use of measuring instruments for legal metrology and the sale of goods. Many regulations related to trade (e.g. consumer protection), health, safety and environmental protection impose measurement-based requirements, and in fact, requirements for measuring instruments used for these purposes are generally considered “legal metrology”. Legal metrology is therefore the application of legal requirements to measurements and measuring instruments. Any manufacturer, importer or person offering or supplying for sale a prescribed measuring instrument, product or service that falls within the scope of the Act before the date of entry into force of this Regulation shall apply for registration with the national regulatory authority within three years of the entry into force of this Regulation. Legal metrology is responsible for implementing a regulatory and compliance system, as well as managing and maintaining legal metrology technical regulations to promote fair trade and protect public health, safety and the environment.

Legal metrology offers market surveillance inspections to ensure compliance with technical regulations in legal metrology. These activities are carried out under the supervision of the Law on Legal Metrology of 2014 (Law 9 of 2014). An important outcome of the SECO-funded Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP) South Africa, implemented by UNIDO, is to help SMEs in the sector to comply with legal requirements for measurement and pre-packaging in accordance with legal regulations and the requirements of the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML). The Legal Gaming Equipment Type Qualification Metrology is also responsible for evaluating the test reports of NGB accredited testing laboratories to determine compliance with the requirements of the mandatory specifications with regard to the issuance of a certification letter (LOC) for gaming and gaming equipment compliant under the National Gambling Act 2004 (Law 7 of 2004). Issuance of an LOC, after evaluation of the test report on the specific requirements for slot machine hardware and/or software. Analysis of the games shows that all CL requests are issued within an average of 21 business days per request. Quantity and measurement marking systems Quantity and measurement marking systems are voluntary systems for prepackers that facilitate the control of contents in prepackaged packages according to SANS 1841 and the production of measuring container bottles according to SANS 1840, which allow for smooth national and international trade. The inspection of instruments that (i) have a large capacity, (ii) are permanently installed and (iii) are not transportable are carried out on site, i.e. at the place of use. These instruments include high-capacity platform machines, gas pumps, weighbridges and bulk meters. Legal Metrology has entered into an agency agreement with SABS to sell national standards in Bloemfontein on behalf of SABS. Rule 3 sets out the conditions for registration as follows: Legal Metrology has concluded a technical cooperation agreement with Namibia on the issues of type approval and recognition of training of Namibian Standards Institute (NSI) personnel and repairers registered by the NSI.

(i) OIML – International Organization of Legal Metrology NCRS in South Africa is responsible for regulating all measurable products and services, measurements in trade, health, safety, environment and all measuring instruments used for prescribed purposes. It also ensures that fair weights and measures are applied in domestic and international trade (for both imports and exports). 2. The mass laboratory is accredited by MAURITAS (Mauritius Accreditation Services) and meets the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025/2005. Designation of testing and repair organizations This is a process to ensure compliance with legislation by using designated bodies to conduct inspections on behalf of the regulator. Private organizations may be designated as audit and repair sites. A letter of designation is issued to competent/accredited laboratories to inspect or repair measuring instruments under the control of legal metrology. Nomination certificates will only be issued for successful applications that meet all prescribed criteria. During the verification of designation, the Legal Metrology Unit carries out annual inspections of notified testing and repair bodies.

Legal Metrology also provides senior evaluation and technical expertise for the SANAS Verification and Repair Laboratory Accreditation Program The Legal Metrology Service has facilities for calibration in the areas of mass, length and volume, including flow measurement. The brochure, prepared by senior officials from the Legal Metrology Unit, which is based within the National Regulatory of Compulsory Certifications (NCRS) in South Africa, describes in detail the labelling requirements for prepackaged products and the general requirements for the sale of goods subject to the control of legal metrology. permissible tolerances for the measurement accuracy of products (including prepackaged products) in accordance with legal metrology legislation; and the control procedure used by those responsible for legal metrology to determine the quantity contained in prepackages.

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