Black economic empowerment verification agencies are calling on the department of trade and industry to speed up the process of finalising the BEE Codes of Good Practice.
The codes are the BEE requirements for companies doing business in South Africa.
The Association of BEE Veri- fication Agencies (ABVA) held a meeting with businesses yesterday to voice its displeasure with the department and the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS).
Andile Tlhoaele, ABVA Membership Board director, said: "We can't continue to have the situation where companies accredit themselves and win tenders without the necessary evidence of BEE compliance."
For a company to become a full member of ABVA and provide standardised BEE accreditation services to companies, the agency must apply to SANAS to show that its assessment methods are in line with the processes of ABVA.
Only 54 organisations are full members of ABVA, because the process is being slowed down by government delays.
Last year the department of trade and industry promised businesses that it would have finalised the alignment of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act by January this year, but the date has been moved to August.