Department of Health Department of Trade and Industry Department of Agriculture, Forestries and Fisheries
Visit the Department
of Trade and Industry Website

Visit the Department of Agriculture,
Forestries and Fisheries Website

Visit the Department of
Health Website

Some of the Acts/Regulations which are governed by each department include:



National Building Regulations
Consumer Protection Act
Compulsory Specifications
Trade and Metrology Act

National Regulator


The Liquor Act
The Agricultural Product Standard Act
Sea Fishery Act

Refer to DAFF Website


The Health Act
Foodstuffs, Cosmetics & Disinfectants Act
Meat Safety Act (Including Poultry)

Environmental Health Practitioners

Over and above the legal requirements, there are still the Voluntary Standards, i.e


National Standards

SANS 10049
SANS 10330
ISO/SANS 22000

Customer Requirements

Retailer Specifications
Voluntary Standards such
as BRC, Global GAP, SQF
Customer Agreements
Supply Agreements
Purchase Agreements

Industry Norms

CFA Guidelines
Industry Codes of Practice
Industry Association Guidelines

In addition to these, there is Codex Alimentarius, which is a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety. It is maintained by the Codex Alimentarius Commission which was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Codex Alimentarius is recognized by the World Trade Organization as an international reference point for the resolution of disputes concerning food safety and consumer protection. Codex officially covers all foods, and matters such as food labeling, food hygiene, food additives and pesticide residues, as well as procedures for assessing the safety of foods. It also contains guidelines for the management of official (i.e. governmental) import and export inspection and certification systems for foods.



Codex  Alimentarius

Visit the Codex Alimentarius Website


Additional Useful Links


National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications

  South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)





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