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Compulsory Specification for General Service Lamps Drawn Up

March 3, 2021

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Comment is sought on the proposed compulsory specification for safety requirements of general service lamps (GSLs) – VC 9110.

The trade, industry and competition department published the call for comment in Government Gazette 44209.

The draft compulsory specification was drawn up in terms of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act, as amended through the Legal Metrology Act.

The proposed compulsory specification covers the safety requirements for general lighting directional and non-directional lamps of all shapes and finishes; using incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, light emitting diode (LED), and other light source technologies (not including high-intensity discharge lamps) with consideration of the standards referenced in clause 3 of the compulsory specification.

Once approved, products in the market will have 12 months to comply with the specifications.

Comment is invited within two months of the date of publication.

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