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Workshop: Updates on API, BE and LAB on 18th January 2018

A 1-day Workshop Updates conducted by 6 Regulatory Officials from the NPRA attracted 39 participants from 23 member Companies. This Workshop was very profitable and many had learnt from the knowledge shared and definitely would enhance successful dossiers submission at the first attempt. Congratulations to all participants. Heartfelt thanks to GS Beh, SM Chong and Tammy Lim for successfully organised this Workshop.

Perbincangan Sistem Track & Trace bersama Wakil Industri Farmaseutial - 13th October 2017

MAPS, together with the other Trade Associations, were invited to a closed door meeting with the Bahagian Farmasi to map out the strategy and mechanism on the “Tack and Trace” system for implementation by April 2019. This was held on 13 october 2017. This is the first of a series of engagements to see the fruition of the system.

Industry Engagement with the Bahagian Farmasi on Price Declaration - 7th September 2017

A meeting with the Bahagian Farmasi was held on 7th September 2017 to discuss on the mechanism of “Price Declaration” for Pharmaceuticals by member Companiies. The Ministry, after consulting with the other stakeholders, will then make a final decision.

Industry Engagement with the MoH Scretary-General - 24th August 2017

This historic meeting was held in Putra Jaya where the Secretary-General, Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min, with senior members of his team , chaired the Meeting. The Meeting was at the request of the Industry Associations - MAPS, PhAMA and MOPI.

Issues discussed were:

  1. SL1M program
  2. Mandatory declaration of medicine prices
  3. Corporatisation of NPRA
  4. Health Transformation
  5. Patient Assisted Program (PAP)
  6. Hologram

Halal Pharmaceuticals Talk - 6th April 2017

A Talk on “Halal Pharmaceuticals” was held on 6th April 2017. This is on record, a talk that featured the most number of speakers. Response was also very good. Participants were made aware that there is a national agenda to make Malaysia a Halal Hub. Thus, stakeholders must take appropriate steps to determine and explore the “issues and challenges” and the opportunities in this development.

MAPS records its thankt to our distinguished speakers:

  1. En Amrahi Buang, Halal Pharmaceuticals Expert
  2. Yang Bhg Dato Brigadier General Dr A Halim bin Basari, Director of Pharmacy, Mindef
  3. Prof Dr Noorizan bt A. Aziz, Faculty of Pharmacy, UiTM
  4. Cik Roziatul Akmam bt Osman, Senior Director of CCM

CPhI South East Asia Conference, Jakarta 22 -24th March 2017

6 representatives from MAPS’ member Companies were invited by PT UBM Pameran Niaga Indonesia to attend the CPhI South East Asia Conference in Jakarta from 22 -24th March 2017. There were about 200 Exhibitors. The Event provided an opportunity for participants to network, learn, explore innovations and partnerships with machinery specialists, API manufacturers, medical device suppliers, pharmaceutical manufacturers and packaging professionals. It was “a time well spent” by the participants in CPhI Jakarta.

MAPS 6th AGM 21 March 2017

MAPS 6th AGM was held on 21st March 2017 at 11:00 am at the Secretariat. The President chaired the Meeting. Members were given detailed reports from the Chairmen of the various Committees. Members were encouraged to take more active interest and participation in the activities of the Association.

Good Governance for Medicines (GGM) & GS1 Barcodes Talks

This joint event was held on 15th November 2106

The President delivered an informative Talk on GGM where individual and Corporate Integrity is an important element in driving a healthy eco-business system free of greed and corruption. The Bahagian Farmasi has implemented this practice within its Division, and is now engaging the pharmaceutical suppliers to participate in GGM.
The presentation by the President is available by logging in to the members page, while the Good Pharmaceutical Trade Practise Guidleine is available at the official Bahagian Perkhidmatan Farmasi website. The link is provided here for convenience
GPTP Guideline

A representative from the GS1 Organisation presented the benefits of having global GS1 standard embedded in the supply chain. The effective of end-to-end “track and trace”, managing of inventories and as measure against counterfeiting were shared.

MAPS 2nd Biennial Dinner

On the 21st October 2016, this event was held at Holiday Villa in the Victorian Ballroom. About 250 enthusiatic guests started to stream into the Ballroom as early as 6.30 p.m. that evening despite the heavy traffic to come together in anticipation of a night that provided the opprtunity for renewing old ties, entertainment and fun, in addition to anticipating our 5th anniversary.

The event was graced by our special guest, Dr Salmah Bahri, then Director of Pharmacy Regulatory, National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau, and recently appointed Senior Director of the Bahagian Perkhidmatan Farmasi.

The event was spiced up by lively and able hosting of our MC, Ms Bernice, who was backed up by the four piece band, Body and Soul.

The night also saw the audience waiting in anticipation of the many lucky draws.

For more photos click on MAPS 2nd Biennial Dinner Gallery

To read the text of the President's speech, click President's speech

Mid-term Review of the "Malaysian National Medicines Policy, 2nd Edition"

Mr Lim Teng Chyuan, Mr Mathew John and Dr Choe Tong Seng represented MAPS at the mid-term Review of the “Malaysian National Medicines Policy 2nd Edition (DUNas Penggal Kedua)”. Other relevant Stakeholders were also at the Review.

It was organised by the Bahagian Farmasi and held on 1-3rd November 2016 at Putra Jaya. In the DUNas Policy, there were 5 Components viz:

  1. Governance in Medicines
  2. Quality, Safery, Efficacy (QSE) of Medicines
  3. Access to Medicines
  4. Quality Use of Medicines (QUM)
  5. Partnership and Collaboration for the Healthcare Industry.

Joint Meeting on New Anti-Profiteering Mechanism

Further to the meeting convened by the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) on 7th October 2016, the Government proposed the implementation of a new mechanism for Anti-Profiteering with Hybrid Option under Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011. MAPS attended a joint meeting to discuss the issue and gather feedback and suggestions. The meeting was held on 20th October 2016 at the office of Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM)

Dialogue between the Enforcement Unit of the Bahagian Farmasi & the Industry

This was held on 7th October 2016. Many issues were “ironed” out especially on the location of the “Poison Warehouse” which is located in another State from the Poison License issued by a different State Enforcement Department. MAPS was represented by the Executive Director and 3 Regulatory Officers from the member Companies.


The participants were representatives from NGOs like FOMCA, COVAS, CAP, PPPIM, KPKIM etc. On the industry side were representatives from associations like FMM, hoteliers, supermarkets, hypermarkets, hawkers etc. I believe a few from media and other GOP agencies.

The drive for this mechanism came from NGOs due to the rising costs of goods and services. KPDNKK has decided a mechanism for price control must be created but left the enforcement part open for discussion.

Meeting wth vendor of GS1

A meeting with the GS1 Vendor was held in MOPI Office on 9th September 2016. The GS1 Principal, Ulrike Kreysa, from Brussels, together with the local Malaysian office representatives shared on the latest development of GS1 adoption globally. MAPS, PhAMA and MOPI representatives were present.

Joint Industry Meeting on Zero-rated medicines

A Joint Industry Meeting, was held on 18th August 2016, to resolve the challenges of “Zero-rated” Controlled Medicines inventories in the Trade effective 1st January 2017. The brainstorming Meeting was represented by representatives from MAPS, PhAMA, MOPI and MCPG. A Joint Industry Proposal will be expected to be ready and submitted to the MoH and MoF by end August 2016 for approval and implementation.

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