Useful links to national bodies & organizations
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In order to maintain a high standard of professional and ethical practice, entry into the Academy of Medicine is based on stringent requirements. Candidates must posses a recognised higher professional qualification and are required to have worked in their respective specialities for a period of five years. Besides this, they should have contributed to a recognised Medical Journal and presented papers at clinical meetingsOrganisations in Malaysia
The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (Persatuan Farmasi Malaysia) is the national association for pharmacists in Malaysia. Its motto is "Service towards a healthy society". 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.The Society aims to promote and maintain the honor and interest of the profession of pharmacy; to encourage and further the development of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Education and to foster intra-professional relationship among members; 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 . . . read more at MPS website.
The objectives of the MMA are to promote and maintain the honour and interest of the profession of medicine in all its branches and in every one of its segments and help to sustain the professional standards of medical ethics; to serve as the vehicle of the integrated voice of the whole profession and all or each of its segments both in relation to its own special problems and in relation to educating and directing public opinion on the problems of public health as affecting the community at large; to participate in the conduct of medical education, as may be appropriate; to promote social, cultural and charitable activities in building a united Malaysian nation. Read more at the MMA website.
The objectives of the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) are to co-ordinate activities of Private Hospitals in Malaysia and to facilitate the delivery of a high standard of Healthcare to the public. The APHM promotes the co-operation of individual Hospitals, engaged in providing Healthcare Services within Malaysia and to promote co-operation amongst Private Hospitals with other Providers of Healthcare. The APHM makes representations to and to co-operate with the Ministry of Health and other agencies concerning the delivery of Healthcare to the public and the promotion and preservation of health and prevention of disease, and exchange experiences and information with other hospitals in Malaysia and overseas on the professional and cost effective management of hospitals, training of hospital staff, other medical matters, and to organise joint seminars, courses, activities, projects and services. The APHM promotes, develop and maintain a uniformly high standard of patient care, skills, services and professionalism in Private Hospitals in Malaysia and ensures that patients' interests are served and continue to receive effective, safe and appropriate treatment regardless of any changes in healthcare financing, payment mechanisms and organisation of healthcare delivery.
The Academy maintains a high standard of professional and ethical practice and entry into the Academy of Medicine is based on stringent requirements. Candidates must posses a recognised higher professional qualification and are required to have worked in their respective specialities for a period of five years. Besides this, they should have contributed to a recognised Medical Journal and presented papers at clinical meetings. The Academy has the following colleges: College of Anaesthesiologists, College Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, College Of Paediatrics, College Of Pathologists, College Of Physicians, College Of Public Health Medicine, College Of Radiology and the College Of Surgeons.
This is also known as the Bahagian Farmasi, Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM). The objectives of the Pharmacy Services Division are to ensure that quality, safe, efficacious and affordable pharmaceutical and health products are available and accessible to the public in Malaysia. To this end, its roles include contributing directly to public health by establishing and implementing the national drug registration system besides regulating the pharmaceutical industry through the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (NPCB), that assures the quality of medicines in the country. The role of the Division is also to protect consumers from hazardous drugs, misleading medicine advertisements and unscrupulous practices through the enforcement of related drug and pharmacy legislation that control the importation, sale and advertisement of drugs and the practices of pharmacy in the country. It provides comprehensive pharmaceutical care by ensuring efficient selection, procurement, distribution of pharmaceuticals; ensuring rational, cost-effective and optimal use of medicines through effective up-to-date clinical and professional pharmaceutical services in tandem with the current global development. It consolidates the pharmaceutical sector activities through the implementation of the National Medicines Policy. The Divison's activities include: Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacy Development, Pharmacy Enforcement and Regulatory Pharmacy.
Check out the Pharmaceutical Services Division website for information on Pharmacy Law, the National Medicines Policy, National Essential Drugs List (NEDL), the MOH Formulary (Blue Book), the Malaysian Drug Code (MDC), Integrated Drug Dispensing System, Enforcement and Licensing, Pharmacy Practice and Development, the Pharmacy Board, the Poisons Board and the Medicines Advertisement Board, and much more.
The National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (NCPB) is also known as the Biro Pengawalan Farmaseutikal Kebangsaan (BPFK). It's vision is to a centre of excellence in pharmaceutical regulatory matters to ensure the health and well-being of mankind. The National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau mission is to ensure the quality, efficacy and safety of pharmaceutical products through the implementation of the relevant legislation by a competent workforce working together in strategic alliances towards improving the health of the people. To this end, its objective is to ensure that therapeutic substances approved for the local market are safe, effective and of quality and also to ensure that cosmetic products approved are safe and of quality.
Check out the NPCB's website for informaton on: WHO Collaboraing Centre, Drug Control Authority (DCA), Quest2, Malaysian Adverse Drug Reactions Advisory Committee (MADRAC), Regulatory Information, Good Laboratory Practice, Clinical Research Compliance, Bioequivalence and the registered Products Search (Drug Search) database.
The National Committee for Clinical Research (NCCR), Ministry of Health Malaysia spearheads various initiatives to enhance and regulate the quality of biomedical research and clinical research practice in Malaysia. The NCCR is made up of member representatives and experts from the Ministry of Health (MOH), various national Universities, the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS), the Pharmaceutical Association of Malaysia (PhAMA), the Malaysian Organisation of Pharmaceutical Industries (MOPI), as well as other Non-Governmental Organisations. This composition of member representatives reflects the on-going “smart-partnerships” amongst the various stake-holders with interests in quality clinical research in Malaysia.
The Clinical Research Centre (CRC) was conceived in 1997 and has been operational since August 2000. Located in Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL), CRC functions as the clinical research arm of the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH). It is one of several research organizations under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health of the MOH. Other research organizations are the Institute of Medical Research (IMR), Institute of Public Health (IPH), Institute of Health Management (IHM), Institute for Health Behavioural Research (IHBR) and Institute for Health Systems Research (IHSR). The role of the CRC is to Promote, Support and Conduct clinical research. Acting as a “One-Stop-Centre” for clinical trials, the CRC functions as a provider of integrated clinical trial services to researchers in public institutions as well as to industry. Supported by our extensive information technology capabilities, the CRC is recognized for its track record in completing clinical studies on time, on budget and to the highest ethical standards and, where required, in compliance with GCP and applicable regulatory guidelines.
The IMR is the research arm of the Ministry of Health Malaysia . Research programmes of the Institute are geared towards the various identified priority areas, which is in line with the health problems in the country. Research findings and results are used by managers and administrators, in the various ministries and other government agencies, in forming, implementing and evaluating programmes and activities for the diagnosis, prevention and control of diseases in the country. The IMR provides diagnostic services of specialized tests to various hospitals and clinics. It also serves as national referral centres in various specialized fields. The IMR offers several regular scientific and technical training programmes as well as ad hoc training programmes and attachments for a wide variety of disciplines in bio-medical research to local and foreign participants. The pool of expertise available in the Institute for various fields of medical research serves to provide advisory and consultative services to the Ministry of Health Malaysia , other government departments, agencies and institutions in the country, as well as to international organizations.
The "Know your medicine" campaign was a three-year project (January 2006 - December 2008) jointly organised by the Ministry of Health (MOH), Malaysia and Federation of Malaysian Consumer Association (FOMCA). This campaign was initiated in view of irrational use of medicines which is not only a danger to public health but also has adverse impact on the economy. This campaign aims to educate and equip consumers with skills to know and understand their medicines, to use medicines rationally and their right to information on medicine. The campaign resulted in a continuing public website that provides an opportunity for the public to understand more about medicines, learn on the proper use of medicines and consumer rights. The website/portal provides patient education materials to help the general public take care of their health.