PUTRAJAYA, April 5 ― Effective July 4, manufacturers and importers of non-medical face masks must apply for MS SIRIM certification and labeling from SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd.
The Department of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) said in a statement today that the decision comes following the publication in the Official Gazette of the trade descriptions (certification and marking) of the Masks Ordinance 2022 non-medical facials under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011.
According to the KPDNHEP, the decision was aimed at ensuring that non-medical face masks produced locally or imported meet established safety standards.
“The MS SIRIM label must be affixed to the boxes or packaging and be easily visible to consumers.
“The MS SIRIM label indicates that non-medical face mask products meet standards, are of quality and safe to use,” the ministry said.
The KPDNHEP said the official release aimed to embrace the spirit of the Malaysian family to safeguard the welfare of the people and protect the interests of consumers.
Furthermore, the ministry hopes that with manufacturers and importers meeting the standards, the problem of dumping poor quality non-medical masks in the Malaysian market will be resolved.
Meanwhile, the Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking) of Electronic Cigarettes (Vaping Devices) Order 2022 has also been issued today under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 to ensure that devices manufactured locally or imported comply with safety standards.
The order, which would come into effect on August 3, requires manufacturers and importers of electronic cigarette devices to apply for SIRIM certification and labeling with SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd as the certification authority designated by the ministry.
Businesses that fail to comply with the regulations can be fined up to RM200,000, while individuals will be subject to a fine of up to RM100,000 or a penalty of imprisonment for up to three years or both, if convicted. ― Bernama