Authorities urged to closely monitor sale of non-medical face masks

Authorities urged to closely monitor sale of non-medical face masks

The Malaysian Association of Standards Users (Standards Users) has urged the authorities to closely monitor the sale of non-medical face masks online or at stores.

In a statement today, its president Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Marimuthu Nadason said that it was important to prevent people from being infected by the COVID-19 virus.

"There is no problem about locally made face masks for medical personnel because it is under the jurisdiction of the Medical Device Authority (MDA), but for the public, there will be a problem because non-medical face masks are not subject to any authority,” he said.

He said that most of the face masks sold online are imported from China with YY/T 0969-2013 (disposable medical mask), GB/T 32610-2016 (technical specification of daily protective masks) and YY 0469-2011 (medical surgical mask) standards.

However, the association found that the standard code for face masks sold in pharmacies around Klang Valley was YY/T 0969-2013 (medical face mask) which was not in line with the Chinese standard code of ‘disposable medical mask’.

He stressed that consumers have the right to get accurate information about a product so that they have the option to choose a product based on their personal needs and budget. - Bernama



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