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This sector is responsible for the development of standards in the area of textiles, clothing, leather and footwear, dangerous goods including explosives and gases, chemical classification, transportation and storage, industrial chemical such as detergents and disinfectants, polishes, fuels, bio-fuels and petroleum products, paints, nano-technology, food including dairy, meat, fish aqua-culture and water, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, pesticides, animal conservation, medical devices and other medical products and health related topics. 


It develops and maintains relevant national standards and other normative documents in the following areas: 

  • Textiles, clothing, leather, footwear, carpets, flotation devices
  • Industrial chemicals (which include detergents, polishes & other chemicals as well as paints & varnishes)
  • Dangerous goods (this include classification, packaging and transportation)
  • Laboratory equipment, REMCO, Air quality (ambient as well as emissions), Micro biological Safety Cabinets
  • Stationery & office requisites, crockery,  matches
  • Nano technology
  • Fuels, fuel & lubricants products, solid mineral fuels and nuclear
  • Explosives & detonators and Industrial gases
  • Food, food safety, water, dairy, agriculture including pesticides 
  • Safe management and transport of livestock as well as wildlife
  • Healthcare including dentistry, medical, disinfectants, contraceptives, medical devices, cosmetics, as well as traditional medicines
  • Crafts
The programme manager for the department is:

Ms Phollen Murivhula
Telephone: +27 (0) 12 428 6396



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