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South-AfricaMost products entering the South African market must meet the relevant requirements of the authorities depending on the product scope. Product safety requirements and regulations are put in place to reduce risks, improve quality of life and ensure fit for use.

Regulations and compliance requirements can however pose challenges to companies who are looking to explore new markets. You can ensure that your products successfully meet the South African standards by working with a market leader, TÜV SÜD. 

TÜV SÜD fully understands the local requirements and procedures applicable in South Africa. You can rely on our expertise and knowledge to help you access key markets efficiently while at the same time, be assured of our objectivity, integrity and professionalism.

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  • Plug Types

    Type C

    Plug C 

    Type D

    Plug D

    Type M

    Plug M 

    Type N

    Plug N

  • Electrical Safety

    Regulatory agency

    • National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

    Regulations

    • A Letter of Authority (LoA) is required by manufacturers of regulated products upon conformity assessment.
    • Test reports must be from a test laboratory by a national accreditation body affiliated to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and/or be an IECEE CB Scheme member.
    • On top of LoA, manufacturers of regulated products may choose to obtain the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Mark.
    • Compliance with SANS and/or IEC standards.

    Guidelines

    • A local representative is required.
    • Manufacturers are first required to register with the NRCS Electrotechnical Department before a LOA will be issued.
    LoA PROCEDURE
    • Application

    • Submission of test report and essential documents

    • Review

    • Issuance of LoA

    Applicable product categories

    To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us.

    Our services at a glance

    • As a CB Scheme member, TÜV SÜD can perform testing to applicable standards for safety approval.
  • EMC

    Regulatory agency

    • South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

    Regulations

    • EMC compliance is required for the above, where applicable.
    • CoC for EMC is required for some equipment.
    • The test report should be issued by accredited laboratory, authorised by SABS.

    Guidelines

    TYPE APPROVAL PROCEDURE

    • Submission of application, test reports and essential documents.
    • Review.
    • Issuance of type approval.
    • Labelling as appropriate.

    Applicable product categories

    To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us.

    Our services at a glance

    • TÜV SÜD has the experience and capability to support manufacturers in attaining compliance with South African requirements and obtaining the necessary approval.

    * TÜV SÜD PSB Pte Ltd and TÜV SÜD America Inc. were assessed and recommended for inclusion into the SABS A-Lab Program.

  • Energy efficiency

    Regulatory agency

    National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS)

    Regulations

    Energy Efficiency Label:

    • A number of appliances sold in South Africa must be labelled with a South African Energy Efficiency Label. The label indicates how much electricity the appliance is expected to use and how the efficiency of the appliance is rated in relation to other appliances in the same category.

    MEPS:

    • South Africa has put in place regulations that require appliances sold in South Africa to meet Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). These regulations have been put in place to protect consumers from purchasing appliances that use a wasteful amount of electricity.

    Guidelines

    • Test reports in IEC/EN format or any equivalent format acceptable to the NRCS and issued by an appropriately accredited and internationally recognised body which is a member of an IAF/ILAC/IECEE mutual recognition scheme in accordance with the NRCS’s conformity assessment policy.

    Applicable product categories

    Product categories that require mandatory energy efficiency labelling include:

    • Air conditioners
    • Dishwashers
    • Electric ovens
    • Light bulbs (electric lamps)
    • Refrigerators and freezers
    • Storage water heater
    • Tumble dryers
    • Washer-dryer combinations
    • Washing machines

    The following MEPS have been specified: 

    Minimum Energy Efficiency
    Rating of Class A: 
    Minimum Energy Efficiency 
    Rating of Class B: 
    Minimum Energy Efficiency 
    Rating of Class C: 
    Minimum Energy Efficiency 
    Rating of Class D: 
    Others: 
    • Dishwashers
    • Electric overs (small & medium)
    • Washer-dryers
    • Washing machines
    • Air conditioners
    • Electric overs (large)
    • Fridges
    • Fridge-freezers
    • Storage water heater
    • Freezers
    • Tumble dryers
     Audio-visual equipment -
    In passive standby mode power consumption should not exceed 1W, except for set-top boxes which must not exceed 3W.

    To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us.

    Our services at a glance

    TÜV SÜD has the experience and capability to support manufacturers in attaining compliance with South African requirements and obtaining the necessary approval. TÜV SÜD can also support manufacturers in obtaining voluntary endorsement labels.

  • Telecom & Wireless

    Regulatory agency

    • Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

    Regulations

    • Type approval is required for regulated equipment.
    • ICASA accept test reports against the relevant EN standards, provided that the testing has been performed at an accredited test facility.
    • Products must be marked with ICASA label. 

    Guidelines

    TYPE APPROVAL PROCEDURE

    • Submission of application, test reports and essential documents.
    • Review.
    • Issuance of type approval.
    • Labelling as appropriate.

    Applicable product categories

    • To determine if a particular product is subject to the above regulations, please contact us.

    Our services at a glance

    • TÜV SÜD has the experience and capability to support manufacturers in attaining compliance with South African requirements and obtaining the necessary approval.

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