Year : 2004
Withdrawal of Excise Duty for Denatured Ethyl Alcohol by Ministry of Health
The FMM-MCTIG succeeded in convincing the Government to withdraw the imposition of
excise duty for Denatured Ethyl Alcohol, which was previously not subjected to any excise
duty. The Ministry of Finance had agreed to de-gazette the relevant Customs Duty Order in February 2004.
ASEAN Cosmetic Standards Harmonisation
Through FMM-MCTIG’s active participation in the ASEAN Cosmetics Association (ACA), the
industry succeeded in advocating for the deferment of the implementation of the ASEAN
Cosmetic Harmonisation to December 2008 instead of December 2005 as the majority of
ASEAN countries were not prepared for the exercise.
One Registration for all Soap Products
As a result of FMM-MCTIG’s successful lobby at the MITI Dialogue 2003, all soap products of
one formulae, although supplied to different hotels, now require only one registration. The
registration costs RM100 per product and RM50 per variant.
Guidelines on Registration of Cosmetic Products
FMM-MCTIG assisted in the revision of guidelines to relax regulatory and registration
requirements for cosmetics
Import of Samples for Product Testing
The National Pharmaceutical Control Board agreed in principle with FMM-MCTIG to issue
permits as and when required for import of cosmetics and toiletries samples for product
testing. FMM-MCTIG would work out the mechnanism
Re-classification of Phase II Products as “cosmaceuticals”
Based on recommendations from FMM-MCTIG, Phase II cosmetics and toiletries which do not
contain any controlled substances or claims were re-classified as “cosmaceuticals”, thereby
easing regulatory controls on these products.