2022-2023 EVENTS

2022 Events

28 Aug - 01 Sep 2022
The International Surgical Week (ISW)
Kuala Lumpur

31 Aug – 2 Sept 2022
Medical Fair Asia
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

3-9 September
Medical Fair Asia
Digital, Online

9-10 September 2022
World Pediatrics Conference
Bangkok, Thailand

9-10 September 2022
World Heart and Cardiothoracic Surgery Conference
Bangkok, Thailand

19-21 September 2022
23rd SE-Asian Healthcare & Pharma Show
Kuala Lumpur

27-29 September 2022
Smart Healthcare Expo (Health Malaysia)

27-29 September 2022
Asia Pandemic Congress
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

19-20 September 2022
23nd Global Nursing Education Conference
Brisbane, Australia

30 Sep - 2 Oct 2022
Malaysia International Dental Show (MIDS)
Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Subang Jaya, Malaysia

7-9 November 2022
Saudi International MedLab Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

7-9 November 2022
Saudi International Pharma Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

11-13 November 2022
Eldercare Exhibition and Conference Asia (ELDEX Asia 2022)
Suntex Singapore Exhibition and Convention Centre

14-15 November 2022
Healthcare Asia Pacific
Osaka, Japan

2023 Events

30 May – 1 June 2023
KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

13-15 September 2023
Medical Fair Thailand
BITEC, Bangkok

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5 cosmetic products with scheduled poisons banned

The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), under the health ministry, has banned five cosmetic products found to contain scheduled poisons.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the banned products were Sweet 13 Skincare Treatment Cream, Ninaskincare Skin Puteh Moisturiser and Skin Dessert Cream, each containing mercury; Haemun Cream (miconazole); and Karisma Birds Nest Gel (hydroquinone and tretinoin).

“They are no longer allowed to be sold in Malaysia,” he said in a statement today.

Noor Hisham advised consumers to stop using these products immediately and seek the advice of healthcare professionals if they experienced any discomfort or adverse effects.

He said hydroquinone, when applied to the skin, can cause redness, discomfort, unwanted skin discolouration and hypersensitivity.

It inhibits the pigmentation process, which reduces the skin’s protection against harmful ultraviolet rays, thus increasing the risk of skin cancer.

He also said that using tretinoin without the supervision of health professionals could cause redness to the skin, discomfort, stinging, peeling and sensitivity to sunlight.

In addition, uncontrolled usage of anti-fungal cream (miconazole) can increase the risk of resistance, thus reducing its effectiveness in treating future infections.

“Mercury is banned in cosmetic products as it is harmful to health.

“It can cause damage to the kidneys and nervous system as well as interfere with the brain development of young or unborn children,” he said, adding that it also causes rashes, irritation and other changes to the skin.

Noor Hisham said sellers and distributors should stop selling and distributing these products immediately as it violates the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.

Any individual who commits an offence under these regulations can be fined not more than RM25,000 or imprisoned not more than three years or both for the first offence and fined not more than RM50,000 or jailed not more than five years or both for subsequent offences.

A company found guilty can be fined up to RM50,000 for the first offence and up to RM100,000 for subsequent offences.

The public is encouraged to check the notification status of a cosmetic product by visiting NPRA’s official website at or via the “NPRA Product Status” app which can be downloaded from Google Play Store. – FMT