Are you a smart consumer? Knowing What You’re Consuming

Are you a smart consumer? Knowing What You’re Consuming

If you are consuming any health or beauty or medicinal products, here’s what you need to know.

All products containing drugs – medication and cosmetic products (unless specifically exempted by the Regulations) MUST be registered before they can be manufactured, distributed or imported in Malaysia as per the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.

Every pack of medication and cosmetics registered under the Drug Control Authority and contains no restricted substances is given a MAL number.

What is MAL?

MAL refers to “Malaysia” or “Malaysian Authorised License”.

Manufacturers have to comply with the Malaysian Guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) in order to obtain Malaysian Authorised License (MAL).

MAL number is a mark or label on most medication and cosmetic packages to show the originality of a product.

Consumers have the right to information and safety, so MAL number is a useful tool to inform consumers that the registered products sold in Malaysia market conform with safety standards and acknowledged by the government.  

How to check the registration or notification status for medication and cosmetic products in Malaysia?

You may click here for a step-by-step guide to check online

OR just download the NPRA Product Status app from the Google Play Store to check

OR contact the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency at 03-78835400.

Key takeaways:

  • Encourage consumers to take more precautions on all these “Safety, Quality & Efficacy” symbol or indication on product boxes.
  • To ensure that consumers will stay away from unregistered drugs and cosmetics.

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