All cosmetic products must be notified to the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau (NPCB), Ministry of Health Malaysia.
Any advertisement relating to cosmetic products must comply with the Cosmetics Advertising Code and have no medical claims. Legal actions may be taken against any cosmetic products advertisements with medical claims. Advertisement approval from Medicine Advertisement Board (MAB) is not required.
The use of the word 'weight loss' or 'slimming' in advertisement of weight loss product are allowed according to the terms and conditions set by MAB. Please consult and seek advice from MAB's Secretariat before putting that claim in the advertisements.
All type of dissemination of information about products and health services including on the internet are classified as advertisement. Therefore, MAB approval is required before it can be published to the public.
You may sponsor the radio show but any medicinal product advertisements on the radio require approval from MAB. The approval is valid for a period of 6 months. However "caller segment" is not permitted.
All advertisements that have been approved by MAB were given approval number (eg KKLIU 0213/2013). Advertisement approval number must be displayed on every advertisement. If any pharmaceutical product or health service advertisements were found without approval or not displaying thier KKLIU number, members of the public may launch a complaint to the secretariat of Medicine Advertisement Board.
Yes, approval from MAB is still required because product registration and product advertisement are two different issues. The registration of a product aims to ensure quality, safety and efficacy of the product and are under jurisdiction of the Drug Control Authority (DCA) whereas MAB only controls product advertisements. This is to protect consumers from misleading advertisements and to ensure all advertisements published comply with the requirements of the Medicines (Advertisement and Sale) Act 1956 and its Regulations.