Ministry of Internal Trade: Traders have one week to comply with RM19.90 price cap on Covid-19 self-test kits | Malaysia



The JusChek Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Self-Test Kits go on sale at a Shah Alam pharmacy on September 2, 2021. – Photo by Yusof Mat Isa

KUCHING, September 5 – The Department of Home Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) will give traders a week from today to comply with the maximum price of RM 19.90 for the rapid antigen test kit Covid-19 (self-test).

Its minister, Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, said the enforcement team would monitor but not issue a compound and instead remind traders to respect the maximum sale price in effect today.

“KPDNHEP will give traders a week to adjust to the price of the test kit.

“This means we care about traders as well, but test kit sales must be within the stipulated maximum price from today,” he said after inspecting the price of test kits in a pharmacy here today.

Apart from that, Nanta said the KPDNHEP has also carried out inspections at wholesalers to ensure that the maximum wholesale price of RM16 is being met.

Failure to meet the maximum price by retailers and wholesalers would expose themselves to prosecution under the Price Control and Profit Reduction Act 2011.

Individuals could be fined up to RM100,000 or imprisoned for up to three years or both or fines up to RM50,000, while companies could be fined to a fine of up to RM500,000 or RM250,000.

Meanwhile, on the rapid antigen test (RTK-Ag) and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test performed in clinics, Nanta said KPDNHEP is awaiting the minister’s opinion. of Health as well as discussions with industry representatives for implementation. – Bernama



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