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Standards for Trade

Describes standards, identifies the national standards, accreditation bodies, and lists the national testing organization(s) and conformity assessment bodies.

Last published date: 2021-11-06

The Department of Standards, the national standards and accreditation body, 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 Standards is under the purview of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

Overview

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 (TBT). 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.

Standards

Working closely with other standards development agencies, 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 (https://www.jsm.gov.my/home) 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 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.

Foreign exporters are required to conform to the same standards that domestic producers must follow. In the past, Malaysian certification requirements have not imposed 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 if they comply with the domestic regulatory requirements.

Contact Information

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

central@jsm.gov.my

https://www.jsm.gov.my/home

SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd

Building 8, SIRIM Complex

No. 1 Persiaran Dato’ Menteri

SIRIM Berhad

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

web@sirim.my

https://www.sirim.my/

 

SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd

Building 8, SIRIM Complex

Section 2, P.O. Box 7035

40700 Shah Alam

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel: +60 (3) 5544 6400

Fax: +60 (3) 5544 6810

cserviceqas@sirim.my 

https://www.sirim-qas.com.my/

 

Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to notify to the WTO proposed technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures that could affect trade. Notify U.S. (www.nist.gov/notifyus) is a free, web-based e-mail registration service that captures and makes available for review and comment key information on draft regulations and conformity assessment procedures. Users receive customized e-mail alerts when new notifications are added by selected country or countries 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.