Agrément South Africa Act in Effect

The Presidency

The Agrément South Africa Act came into effect on 1 April 2017.

The proclamation notice was published in Government Gazette 41186 on 20 October 2017.

The act was assented to in December 2015.

The bill was tabled in parliament in February 2015.

Agrément South Africa evaluates the “fitness-for-purpose” of items and products used in the construction industry for which a national standard does not exist.

The act is designed to ensure that Agrément South Africa:

•    Provides assurance to specifiers and users of the quality and value for money of non-standardised construction related products or systems;
•    Supports and promotes the process of integrated socio-economic development in South Africa as it relates to the construction industry, encouraging research and development of non-standardised construction related products or systems to support socio-economic development;
•    Supports the introduction and use of a certified non-standardised construction related product or system in the local or international market;
•    Supports policy makers to minimize the risk associated with the use of a non-standardised construction related product or system; and
•    Be an impartial and internationally acknowledged South African centre for the assessment and confirmation of fitness-for-purpose of non-standardised construction related products or systems.

The act establishes Agrément South Africa as a juristic person and sets out its powers and duties.

It also calls for the staff of the Technical Agency in the CSIR to be transferred to Agrément South Africa.

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