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Draft Standards Published for Comment

June 8, 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 44674 in terms of the Standards Act.

Draft standards include industrial communication networks – fieldbus specifications – part 3-2: data-link layer service definition – type 2 elements; industrial communication networks – fieldbus specifications – part 3-8: data-link layer service definition – type 8 elements and explosive atmospheres – part 19: equipment repair, overhaul and reclamation.

New standards include information technology – radio frequency identification device performance test methods – crypto suite; reciprocating internal combustion engine driven alternating current generating sets – part 8: requirements and tests for low-power generating sets; code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems in non-domestic premises and chemical disinfectants and antiseptics – virucidal quantitative suspension test for chemical disinfectants and antiseptics used in human medicine – test method and requirements (phase 2, step 1).

In Notice 338, the department published additional draft standards for comment.

Draft standards include IEEE guide for safety in a.c. substation grounding; the measurement and assessment of occupational noise for hearing conservation purposes; household and similar electrical appliances – safety – part 2-118: particular requirements for professional ice-cream makers and uniform provisions concerning the approval of road illumination devices (lamps) and systems for power-driven vehicles.

New standards include lead-acid starter batteries – part 7: general requirements and methods of test for motorcycle batteries; test methods and requirements for accessories for use on distribution cables of rated voltage 0,6/1,0 (1,2) kV; safety requirements for power electronic converter systems and equipment – part 1: general; construction works – part DP7: sewers for buildings and energy management systems – guidance for the implementation, maintenance and improvement of an energy management system.

Meanwhile, the Competition Commission recently briefed parliament on its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and 2021/22 Annual Performance Plan.

The Commission pointed out that it will continue to build on the responsive work it undertook in the 2020/21 financial year.

Actions will be prioritized that support the next phase of economic recovery including fast tracking exemption processes where cooperation amongst firms is required to support localization and export promotion, small businesses, or firms controlled or owned by historically disadvantaged persons whilst providing sufficient safeguards against harmful collusive conduct; continued investigation of price gouging and monitoring essential food prices as the country experiences subsequent waves of infections; a strong emphasis on implementing key amendments to the Competition Act which promote inclusion and the reduction in concentration levels and greater use of market inquiries to promote more competitive and inclusive markets in key sectors that may support economic recovery.