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The Federal-Mogul Motorparts Braking Division Test Institute in Prospecton, Durban, has been ac- credited with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for Performance and Safety Testing by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS).
This means that the centre is recognised as a SANAS accredited test laboratory for the testing of light vehicle brake pads and commercial vehicle linings to South Africa’s Regulatory Braking Standards (SANS 20090:2010).
SANAS was established for testing laboratories to achieve national and global recognition as well as to achieve conformity with international standards. According to Test Centre General Manager Mervin Paideya, the main driver for pursuing accreditation was to promote safety in the South African automotive braking sector.
“All friction materials have to comply with local braking regulations – SANS 20090:2010 – which have been established by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specification (NRCS), which is affiliated to the Department of Trade and Industry.
“We needed to prepare a policy system that had to be in place and implemented in terms of our testing requirements. Faced with growing levels of imported components, there were questions raised about certification and accreditation and it is the mandate of the NRCS to ascertain if all imported products conform to all of the necessary requirements.
“We therefore decided to take the lead by extending our own testing capabilities in this regard.”
While the main aim of the Prospecton Test Centre is to ensure Federal-Mogul itself is compliant in terms of all the regulations, it will also commence testing for the open market in the near future.
“I think that while we still have to investigate what the standards are in the Southern African Development Community region, our long-term goal is to introduce this testing capability into the broader Southern African market,” said Paideya