The SA Protective Equipment Marketing Association was founded in the early sixties with the objective of representing manufacturers and importers of personal protective equipment and lobbying on their behalf with the authorities and other bodies such as the SA Bureau of Standards.
At the August 2002 Annual General meeting, SAPEMA members decided to revitalise the Association and position itself to meet the challenges of the future and widen its sphere of influence. The following steps were taken to achieve this:
On 23 January 2003, the new constitution was adopted by the members in a special general meeting and the new SAPEMA was afloat.
The special general meeting was followed by a social function which included senior members form SABS invited to cement relationships with them.