World Standards Day: Choose safely, MCMC and Standards Malaysia tell consumers
By Digital News Asia October 15, 2014
- Comms products without MCMC certification label are considered ‘non-standard’
- Items may not be safe or reliable, may even be illegal in Malaysia, says MCMC
GOODS that do not comply with standards or any communications products that do not have the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) certification label are considered ‘non-standard’ products in Malaysia, MCMC and Standards Malaysia said in a joint statement.
Their joint statement was issued in conjunction with World Standards Day on Oct 14. Standards Malaysia is a member of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), while MCMC is a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
“Without the labels from MCMC or any certification marks from accredited certification bodies by Standards Malaysia, it simply means that the items may not be safe or reliable, or could even be illegal [for use] in this country,” said MCMC chairman Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi (pic).
“For example, non-standard wireless AV transmitters or routers that are being sold online at a bargain price – many are not aware that these devices may interfere with other standard devices that provide broadband services, causing a lot of problems to consumers and service providers.
“Yes, consumers must wise-up when buying, but at the same time, MCMC would like to call upon all sellers to be responsible too. They should follow the procedures and obtain the necessary certifications for their products to be sold in Malaysia.
“It is a win-win situation for both consumer and seller,” he added.
MCMC has enforced 10 Mandatory Standards and 24 Technical Codes which were developed based on relevant national and international standards, the industry regulator said in the statement.
The standards are to regulate the quality of communications services and ensure the safety and performance of communications products.
“Through standards and conformance, we can ensure that the industry provides safe products and services, hence boosting public confidence,” said Standards Malaysia Director General Fadilah Baharin.
To date, Standards Malaysia has developed more than 6,500 standards across 24 sectors of the economy. It has also accredited 501 laboratories for several types of testing and calibration, and 24 certification bodies for various management systems and product certification based on internationally recognised standards.
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