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Draft Standards Published for Comment

June 1, 2021

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Draft standards have been published for comment.

The trade, industry and competition department published the draft standards in Government Gazette 44636 in terms of the Standards Act.

Draft standards include biological evaluation of medical devices – part 11: tests for systemic toxicity; energy management systems – requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems and products used for treatment of water intended for human consumption – Bentonite.

Amended standards include Distribution transformers. Consolidated edition incorporating amendment No.1; The national flag. Consolidated edition incorporating amendment No.5; Pipe wrenches (Metric units). Consolidated edition incorporating amendment No.2 and Paper punches (desk top types). Consolidated edition incorporating amendment No.3.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 44636, the department published the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that renews the cooperation between the Auditor-General (AG) and the Competition Commission.

The renewal is due to the amendments to the Public Audit Act that empowered the AG to refer suspected material irregularities to another public body for investigation.

The MOU is designed to establish the manner by which the two parties will interact to effectively coordinate the exercise of their mandate and powers when taking decisions, apply a consistent interpretation and application of the principles of competition when exercising their powers and their respective functions, consult and undertake enquiries regarding improper conduct in the public sector’s supply chain management and provide each other with information on investigations.

In Notice 473, the department announced the renewal of accreditation of Independent Music Performance Rights Association by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission to act as a representative collecting society for a further five years.

The renewal came into effect on the date of publication.