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Requirements for Electrical and RTTE Products Market Access in South Africa

The following requirements are applicable to electrical and RTTE products to get access to the South African market:

  • Safety

  • Energy efficiency

  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)

  • Telecom

Safety and Energy Efficiency Requirements

All imported products must comply with the compulsory specifications (VC) as enforced by the National Regulator for Compulsory Certification (NRCS). There are two main Compulsory specifications for the electrical and electronic products:

  • VC 8055 Compulsory Specification (VC) for the electrical and electronic apparatus. This compulsory specification establishes the mandatory safety requirements for the EEE products.

  • VC 9008 Compulsory specification for energy efficiency and labeling of electrical and electronic apparatus. The following products: electric ovens, air conditioners, dishwashers, audio and video equipment, refrigerators, washing machines, washer-dryer combinations, tumble dryers are subject to LOA on energy efficiency.

The Letter of Authority (LOA) is required from manufacturers of regulated products upon conformity assessment. The document confirms the product meets safety requirements set by the NRCS. The LoA validity period is 3 years.

EMC Requirements

The products that contain electronic circuit boards, motors, LED drivers/ rectifiers, commutator motors or oscillator clocks are subject to the mandatory EMC approval. The list of applicable EMC standards is indicated in Government Gazette dd. 22.01.2010 No 32885.

The document confirming the product compliance to the established EMC requirements is the SABS CoC. The CoC validity period is 3 years.

After the CoC is issued, the following SABS Label must be applied to the approved products:

Requirements for Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

Type approval of electronic communications equipment is one of the basic compliance obligations set out in the legislation governing electronic communications.

Section 35 of the Electronic Communications Act sets the obligation in respect of the type approval of electronic communications equipment and facilities before they can be used, supplied, sold, offered for sale, leased or hired. On 26 August 2013, ICASA published new Type Approval Regulations. All the devices with telecommunications interface require the ICASA type approval certificate.

The type approval certificate sets out the parameters, according to which the equipment may be used. The validity period of the Type approval certificate is not limited.

Specific regulations related to labeling of type-approved equipment are established in Labeling Regulations, 2013. All the approved equipment must be labeled with the following ICASA logo:

Conclusion: the EEE products entering the South African market must comply with the established requirements.

Information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.

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