MBS to implement local standard for hand sanitiser

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By Florence Mwale 

The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) is warning that it will take to task all manufacturers of non-approved and sub-standard hand sanitisers.

This follows the coming into effect of a mandatory standard for all local manufacturers of the sanitisers.

Early last month, the Malawi Bureau of Standards met with various stakeholders to draft a standard for locally manufactured alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

During the meeting, participants resolved to develop draft standards, based on an African Regional Standard, to fill the existing quality gap regarding the safety standard for the product in the country.

According to a statement signed by Director General Symon Mandala, the MBS has now approved a hand sanitisers’ standard which is now ready for implementation.

Mandala stresses that implementation of the standard will ensure that the manufacture, distribution and sell of hand sanitisers are regulated for purposes of public health and safety.

In view of this, the MBS has since given producers and importers of hand sanitising products until June 18 this year to have their products registered and approved.

During the next few weeks, the bureau intends to engage producers, importers and distributers on the certification and approval process.

To ensure that only approved sanitisers find their way on the market, Mandala discloses that the bureau will continuously conduct market surveillance activities.

Whenever the bureau would find substandard and non-approved sanitiser products on the market, it will evoke the MBS Act and confiscate, quarantine or return the product to the country of origin.

Some of the brands that have since been given MBS approval include Ethanol Company, KenChem, Kadora Enterprises, Purity Sanitary Products Company Limited and Charma Chemicals and Distributors.

 

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