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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain the regulatory framework for quality management systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
263397  Explain the regulatory framework for quality management systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Management 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Generic Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This This Unit Standard is intended for learners, within the a quality management system, who need to understand how the legal system operates in the country and the broad regulatory framework within which quality management systems operate. While there is a plethora of quality management systems important legislation that is related, this standard only focusses on the few critical ones. Importantly, the learner also begins to appreciate how the legal aspect impacts on our personal understanding of the quality management system.

Learners credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Explain how law works in the country.
  • Explain the main features of legislation pertaining to the QMS environment.
  • Explain other relationship between law and QMS. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the application of legislation and law.
    Provide a broad overview of how law works in the country. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concepts of the state, society and the law and the relationships between them is explained in relation to the Constitution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of how the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa supersedes all other legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The structure of the South African Legal System is explained to distinguish the levels within the system and procedures pertaining to each level in the hierarchy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The structure includes but is not limited to laws at different spheres (hierarchy), how laws and regulations are drafted, subsidiary law, who administers laws.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of legislation applicable to the quality management systems environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Legislation includes but is not limited to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Compensation for Occupational and Diseases Act, Skills Development Act, National Environment Management Act, Basic Conditions of Employment Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relationship of these Acts to the Constitution is explored with a view to seeing how they strengthen and enhance what the Constitution says. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevant definitions in these Acts are identified and discussed to provide the basis to understand the legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The legislative framework within which QM policies are developed and QM activities take place is discussed to ensure compliance to the law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant sections of these Acts are identified and discussed to emphasise their importance and significance in the QMS environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The relationships and linkages between these Acts are explored and their impact on the QMS environment explained so that a holistic approach to QMS is developed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between legislation and quality management systems standards and conventions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Quality management systems standards and conventions are identified and discussed to show how they contribute towards the development and maintenance of quality. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    ISO 9000.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relationship between quality management systems standards and conventions and national legislation is explained in order to show the importance of synergy between these aspects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The violation of legislation and quality management systems standards and conventions is explained in terms of their impact in the quality management systems environment. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act , Act No 85 of 1993.
  • Compensation for Occupational and Diseases Act, Act No 130 of 1993.
  • Skills Development Act , Act No 97 of 1998.
  • National Environment Management Act , Act No 107 of 1998.
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act , Act No 46 of 2003.> QM standards and conventions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Distinguishing between the purpose, definitions, and the relevant contents of the various Acts.
  • Distinguishing between the various concepts pertaining to law in general and legislation in particular. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Understanding how the legal system in the country operates.
  • Identifying and explaining the legislation pertaining to the QMS environment.
  • Exploring the relationship between legislation and QMS standards and conventions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
  • Understand the importance, scope and impact of legislation in this context.
  • Discuss the inter-relationships between the identified legislation.
  • Discuss the relationship between legislation and QMS standards and conventions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  66189   National Certificate: Quality Management Systems  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    NONE 



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