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  • Writer's pictureNutrochem Bethal

Why use a registered chemical?

Updated: Jun 20, 2021

With a marketplace full of different chemical suppliers for both cleaning and disinfection purposes – why should you then pay a premium for a registered chemical?

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Quality Assurance

In industries where cleaning and biological control can affect the quality of products, it is essential to use high-quality chemicals. Several risk factors can cause an unacceptable reduction in quality, using the incorrect chemicals may increase the risk of quality reduction. The analysis and testing done during the chemical registration process add additional layers of quality security.

Shelf Life

Producers only have control over the production process and its conditions, conditions after production and the storage of end products are the responsibility and under the control of the end-user. The increased quality and disinfection assurance offered by registered chemicals increase the shelf life of perishable products as products used are of good and verified quality during production thereof.

Regulatory Compliance

All producers are obligated to ensure that their products are not harmful to others. These health and safety obligations are regulated by law and regulatory bodies.  These regulators often require that chemicals are registers to ensure that the necessary health and safety standards are adhered to.

Compliance and Verification Audits

In some cases, registered chemicals are not required, but very often they are recommended. Upon auditing unregistered chemicals, auditors need to consult with external experts to assess the acceptability of the chemicals.

This tedious and expensive process can be eliminated by having chemicals registered and approved by the relevant regulators – this will, in turn, make the auditor’s auditing process and approval easier and more effective.

What is meant by a Registered Chemical?

Food industry

Registered as food contact safe (SANS 1828, SANS 1853 or EN 1276). Additionally, cleaning chemicals do not cause corrosion and have a 5-log reduction on tested disinfectants.


Legally, all disinfectants in South Africa should be registered with the NRCS and levies payable on production. Proof of all claims made relating to product quality, purpose and registration need to be supported by evidence submitted and obtainable by the NCRS. Unregistered chemicals are unlawful and often claims pertaining to the purpose and quality thereof are fictitious.

ISO9001: 2015

Chemicals produced in an ISO9001:2015 registered facility guarantees that all systems and process are in place to be assessed against International Standards Organisation requirements, driven and supported by a Quality Management System. This certificate is internationally regarded as a guarantee for high-quality products adhering to the strictest quality standards.


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