|Seminar on SMG : The Premium Glove
one - day seminar on the Standard Malaysian Glove (SMG) was held on 31
March 2009 at the Malaysian Rubber Board's Akademi Hevea Malaysia in
Sungai Buloh, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Officiated by Senator A. Kohilan
Pillay, Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, the
seminar's objective is to promote SMG as well as to get feedback from
participants on the SMG programme.
Describing the SMG
programme as a market-oriented and dynamic programme, Senator
Kohilan considered the SMG programme essential in establishing a trustworthy
brand for Malaysian gloves. "It is crucial for us to continue promoting
vigorously the SMG to consumers, purchasers and users of latex gloves",
urged the Deputy Minister.
Launched in 1998 with the aim to ensure high quality, consistent and
reliable product for consumers, the SMG programme since then has been
revised three times to incorporate changes in market trends, new
standards and regulatory requirements. In 2000, SMG was certified under
the Product Certification System MS ISO/IEC Guide 65, an
internationally recognised quality management system managed by
Standards Malaysia. Effective December 19, 2008 the US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has implemented a new regulation, whereby glove
manufacturers need to comply with a more stringent defect standard. The
US FDA now requires medical examination glove to provide higher barrier
quality in line with the current Acceptable Quality Levels (AQLs) for
leaks and visual defects.
"We are glad to
know that our SMG gloves are capable of meeting the new FDA
requirements since our AQL has exceeded the requirement of 2.5 for
examination gloves, as well as meeting the consensus standards
developed by other organizations and the European Community," said
Senator A. Kohilan Pillay.
For the record,
Malaysia is the worlds' largest exporter of examination gloves. In
2008, the export earnings for Malaysian rubber gloves was RM7.03
billion, equivalent to nearly 49 billion pieces of gloves. The total
rubber industry's contribution to the country's export earnings in 2008
totalled RM26.1 billion. Of this amount, RM7.9 billion was from raw
natural rubber, RM10.4 billion from rubber products and RM 7.8 billion
from rubber wood products.