Describes the country's standards landscape, identifies the national standards and accreditation bodies, and lists the main national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.
The Department of Standards Malaysia (Standards Malaysia is the National Standards Body and the National Accreditation Body, which provides and maintains standardization and accreditation services for global competitiveness. Established in 1996 and governed by the Standard of Malaysia Act 1996 (Act 549), the Department of Standard Malaysia (Standards Malaysia) is under the purview of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).
Standards influence all sectors of Malaysian society, and the national standardization system uses a consensus process to develop new standards, allowing manufacturers, traders, consumers, government, and others to provide input and consideration into the development process. Malaysia adheres to the WTO’s “Standard Code” on Technical Barriers to Trade. SIRIM Berhad, formerly known as the Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia, is the government-owned company providing institutional and technical infrastructure for the government.
Working closely with other Standards Development Agencies (SDAs), Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) as well as the various Advisory Committees, the Malaysian Standard is developed and published to ensure competitiveness, quality, safety, and environmental protection. The standards are designed to be on par with international excellence and relevant to individual sectors, catering to the specific needs of the industry.
The Standards Malaysia accreditation system is in accordance with the international standard, MS ISO/IEC 17011, to ensure that the accreditation services provided are impartial, non-discriminatory, and credible. The Standards Malaysia accreditation system is set up through three operational levels:
- strategy and policy,
- decision, and
- assessments to ensure fair and impartial accreditation.
The Standards Malaysia Accreditation services ensure non-discriminatory review and are open to and accessible by any conformity assessment body, irrespective of government or private bodies that fulfill the accreditation conditions. These accreditation conditions are specified and published by Standards Malaysia Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) and include the testing & calibration laboratories, certification bodies, and inspection bodies.
Testing, inspection and certification
Standards Malaysia’s goal is to provide confidence to various stakeholders, through credible standardization and accreditation services for global competitiveness. SIRIM, the government-owned company providing institutional and technical expertise to the government, is a member of International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
Foreign exporters are required to conform to the same standards that domestic producers must follow. In the past, Malaysia certification requirements do not impose undue burdens on U.S. exporters or products. However of late, with its ambition of creating a Malaysian version of “recognized world standard”, it has created confusion among importers. U.S. testing laboratories can operate in Malaysia as long as they comply with the domestic regulatory requirements.
Publication of Technical Regulations
Malaysia is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Under the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement), members are required to report all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with WTO member countries. Malaysia occasionally does not notify technical changes which affect trade or fails to provide sufficient time for public comment on proposed regulations. Notify U.S. (www.nist.gov/notifyus is a free, web-based email registration service that captures and makes available for review and comment key information on draft regulations and conformity assessment procedures. Users receive customized email alerts when new notifications are added by selected country(ies) and industry sector(s) of interest, and can also request full texts of regulations. This service and its associated web site are managed and operated by the USA WTO TBT Inquiry Point housed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Jabatan Standard Malaysia (Standards Malaysia),
Level 4, 5, 6 & 7, Tower 2, Menara Cyber Axis,
Jalan Impact, Cyber 6,
63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: +60 (3) 8008 2900
Fax: +60 (3) 8008 2901
1, Persiaran Dato’ Menteri,
P.O. Box 7035,
Section 2, 40700 Shah Alam,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: +60 (3) 5544 6000
Fax: +60 (3) 5544 6694
SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd
Building 8, SIRIM Complex
No. 1 Persiaran Dato’ Menteri
Section 2, P.O. Box 7035
40700 Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: +60 (3) 5544 6400
Fax: +60 (3) 5544 6810