PrintSecure is a security Printing standards and accreditation body under the auspices of, and controlled by, Printing SA.

The global increase in document, product and intellectual property piracy and fraud, the call for improved brand protection and the authentication and tracking of such products had, in 2005, accelerated the need for the accreditation and certification of security printers in South Africa.

Printing SA, trading as the promotional brand of the Printing Industries Federation of South Africa (PIFSA), having been instrumental in formulating the criteria, rules and standards applied to cheque production in South Africa together with the South African banks, gained extensive expertise in this area.

There are only two security printing accreditation schemes operating within South Africa. PrintSecure, a Printing SA endorsed certification and the CMSA (Cheque and MICR Standards Authority) certification for suppliers within the cheque printing chain for the Common Monetary Area only.

PrintSecure is an accreditation service offered to all South African security printers and suppliers of security products seeking acceptable accreditation and certification locally, and in Africa. Due to the high cost of international certification for each supplier and printer, the PrintSecure scheme was developed.

Printing SA has developed a set of criteria, guidelines, rules and standards for security printers. General/qualified accreditation will apply to those printers supplying general security products such as certificates, diplomas, ballot papers, transportation and event tickets, scratch cards, gift and discount vouchers, examination papers, government documents, pharmaceutical packaging, branded products and many more.

Printing SA accreditation provides the printers’ clients with the confidence, fidelity and security of dealing with approved, certificated printers who have complied with a strict security checklist and audit, which are evaluated and updated annually.


PrintSecure Accreditation is intended to provide government tender boards and other tenderers, purchasers, procurement agencies, manufacturers, retailers, end users and consumers with the assurance of dealing with bona fide security printers and suppliers who have been accredited to internationally aligned standards, thereby eliminating the need for individual risk assessment and accreditation.


The PrintSecure Standards and Accreditation Scheme makes provision for the risk assessment, inspection, consultation with, and accreditation of security printers and suppliers of security documents or materials used for the production of security documents, located in Southern Africa.


There are four categories of security printing under the PrintSecure Standards and Accreditation Scheme:

  1. High Security Printers
    Any company or business printing banknotes, drafts, other negotiable or high risk documents or products, travellers’ cheques, passports, visas, identity documents, pension or medical identity documents, drivers’ licences, firearm licences, credit or debit cards, bond or share certificates and similar valuable documents. (This category is not covered by PrintSecure.) Apparently from the initial documentation of PrintSecure, this was covered, except cheques. However, over the years only the General/Qualified security printers took resonance with members. An opportunity exists for the scheme to revive this category.
  2. General /Qualified Security Printers
    Any company or business engaging in security printing of any nature not enumerated above such as, but not limited to: transport, function, theatre, sports or events tickets, diplomas or certificates, examination papers, confidential documents or questionnaires of any nature, branded products, pharmaceutical products, aeronautical, automotive or other parts, safety products, traceable products or packaging, government documents, ballot papers, registration papers, discount or gift vouchers, documents or receipts, agreements or contracts, invitations, function, exhibition or congress ID documents or cards, other licences or enabling certificates or documents of any nature requiring verification etc.
  3. Suppliers of Security Paper, Ink and other Materials
    All suppliers of the above products are eligible to apply for accreditation and/or membership of the scheme.
  4. Purchasers and Distributors of Security Products
    Bulk purchasers of printed security products, procurement agencies wishing to subscribe to the rules of the PrintSecure Scheme and parties benefiting from the Scheme may affiliate to the Scheme and apply for accreditation where these parties provide secure storage, further processing or distribution of such materials.


The application fee is R 1 713.00 excluding VAT (R 1 952.82 inclusive). Once payment is made the criteria will be sent to you to cover both physical and documentary requirements. This will be dependent on the review and revision of criteria for the specialization you require.


The accreditation is based on the physical security aspects of your plant, or facility, and written company policies and procedures including HR, CCTV surveillance, third party security, transport, receiving, destruction process, and monitoring. In many cases your normal business policies and procedures can be expanded to accommodate the security processes. You will have to undertake a risk assessment as described in the PrintSecure documentation to be provided.
Once you contact PrintSecure regarding the readiness of your relevant plant(s) physical, along with the necessary documents, you may be sent a pre-accreditation compliance questionnaire. Any pre-accreditation compliance information will be assessed by PrintSecure and further questions, comments or recommendations will be made prior to inspection.

Benefits of PrintSecure:

  • The risk assessment undertaken by company highlights all areas in the business that are at risk;
  • Policies and Procedures are put in place with the consent of Top Management;
  • Clients are assured that they are dealing with bona fide security printers and suppliers;
  • Implementation of the PrintSecure criteria ensures high levels of security throughout the business unit(s),
  • PrintSecure audits are undertaken on an annual basis to ensure continued compliance with the rules and standards.