National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency - NPRA

The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), formerly known as the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (NPCB), was set up in October 1978 under the quality control activity of Pharmacy and Supply Programme. This institution was established to implement quality control on pharmaceutical products. The infrastructure and facilities were designed to meet the requirements for testing and quality control activities.

Beginning 1985, NPRA was given the task of ensuring the quality, efficacy and safety of pharmaceuticals through the registration and licensing scheme. This is achieved through evaluation of scientific data and laboratory tests on all products before they are marketed. A system to monitor products in the market was set-up. Information on drugs to medical profession and consumer was made available through a drug information service.

The NPRA also handles courses and provides training to personnel from the ASEAN countries, for example from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mongolia and Vietnam.

In 1996, NPRA was given an international recognition by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a “WHO Collaborating Centre for Regulatory Control of Pharmaceuticals”. This recognition is an acknowledgement from WHO for NPRA’s contribution in the field of regulatory affairs.

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The Pharmacy Services Programme / Bahagian Perkhidmatan Farmasi

The Pharmacy Services Programme is one of the programmmes under the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), which is responsible in ensuring that public gets access to safe, efficacious and quality pharmaceutical products, protecting their interest via enforcement of relevant legislations, and ensuring rational use of medicines by both healthcare providers and patients.

The Pharmaceutical Services Division, as one of the the main division under this programme, carries out this responsibility through three main activities namely Pharmacy Policy & Management, Pharmacy Practice & Development, and Pharmacy Enforcement.

The National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau is an agency under The Pharmacy Services Programme which is resposible for regulating pharmaceutical products in the marketed in the country.

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Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society Malaysia (MPS)

The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (Persatuan Farmasi Malaysia) is the national association for pharmacists in Malaysia. Its motto is “Berkhidmat untuk kesihatan rakyat” or translated as  “SERVICE TOWARDS A HEALTHY SOCIETY”.

Among the aims of the Society are:

  1. To promote and maintain the honor and interest of the profession of pharmacy
  2. To encourage and further the development of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Education and to foster intra-professional relationship among members.
  3. To improve the Science of Pharmacy for the general welfare of the public by fostering the publication of scientific and professional information relating to the practice of pharmacy and aid in the development and stimulation of discovery, invention and research.
  4. To uphold and enhance the standard and ethics of the profession.
  5. To affiliate an co-operate with any organization as may be deemed desirable in furthering the aims of the Society.
  6. To represent the views of the members in matters affecting the common interest of the profession.
  7. To assist in improving the health services in the country.
  8. To enhance the professionalism of pharmacists, the Society endorsed the Code of Conduct For Pharmacists And Bodies Corporate as established by the Pharmacy Board.

In addition it is a signatory to the Patient’s Charter. The other signatories are the Malaysian Medical Association, Malaysian Dental Association and Fomca. This Charter was signed on 21st August 1995.

The Society also represent the interests of its members and also the general public by having representatives at the Pharmacy Board and the Poisons Board of the Ministry of Health, as well as having interest in the consumers affairs of the Ministry of Trade and Domestic Affairs, and including other Non-Governmental Organizations.

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National Poison Centre - USM

The National Poison Centre (Pusat Racun Negara) was set up in 1994 culminating on the services provided by the Integrated Drug and Poison Information Services (IDPIS), Universiti Sains Malaysia since 1982.

IDPIS had evolved from several research activities carried out towards strengthening the health care services, particularly in the areas of information technology and informatics.

It was aimed at auditing health information as well as upgrading and strengthening the handling of drug and poison information directed towards health and allied professionals as well as the lay public.

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