The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has just announced that all locally available non-medical masks must come with MS SIRIM certification and labelling from SIRIM QAS International starting 1 January 2023.
This ruling comes after face masks were gazetted under the Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking) of Non-Medical Face Mask Order 2022 under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 earlier this week.
According to the ministry, the measure was taken to ensure that non-medical manufacturers and importers of masks complied with the set safety standards.
The ministry also said that the MS SIRIM markings must be placed on the boxes or packages that are easily visible to consumers.
It added that the MS SIRIM markings will ensure that the non-medical masks have fulfilled the safety standards, are good quality, and are safe to be used.
SIRIM, or the Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia, is a wholly-owned company of the Malaysian Government under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).
Meanwhile, KPDNHEP said it will be taking enforcement action against manufacturers, importers or even individuals who failed to comply with the order.
“For companies, they will be facing fines up to RM200,000. For a second or subsequent offense, a fine not exceeding RM500,000.”
“Individuals will be facing fines up to RM100,000 or prison sentences not exceeding three years or both.”
“For a second or subsequent offence, a fine not exceeding RM250,000 or imprisonment no more than five years or both,” it said.
In a follow-up statement, KPDNHEP also clarified that they will not fine people who wear non-medical face masks without the MS SIRIM certification.
It explained that they will only be taking enforcement action against manufacturers and importers who fail to comply with the newly set safety standards that were gazetted under the Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking) of Non-Medical Face Mask Order 2022 under the Trade Descriptions Act 2011 earlier this week.