Seminar on SMG : The Premium Glove

A 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.

Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor, Chairman of MRB Seminar on SMG : The Premium Glove