PETALING JAYA: The government will ban the import of non-medical face masks without the MS Sirim certification or labelling from July 1.
Bernama reported that the domestic trade and cost of living ministry also advised any party intending to distribute, produce or sell non-medical face masks to ensure the product has obtained the certification standard.
“It (MS Sirim label) must be on the box or packaging of the non-medical face masks,” it said.
Under the Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking) of Non-Medical Face Mask Order 2022, manufacturers and importers of non-medical face masks have to apply for MS Sirim certification.
The ministry said they may obtain the certification from Sirim QAS International Sdn Bhd.
“The government is of the view that the period until the end of June 2023 is sufficient for manufacturers and distributors to obtain the standard certification,” it said in a statement.
The ministry had previously set July 4, 2022 to enforce the law. This was later postponed to Jan 1 this year to allow the industry and the people to make adjustments.