Malaysia's healthcare facilities can publicize in media
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KUALA LUMPUR, Sep. 23, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- All print and broadcast media are now allowed to carry publicity for healthcare facilities and services in Malaysia with immediate effect.

Malaysian Health Ministry said in a statement here on Thursday that newspapers and all types of magazines, as well as electronic media such as the internet, radio and television in Malaysia can now publicize medical skills and services.

Under the Malaysian Medicines (Advertisement and Sale) Act 1956, the publication of advertisements by any private hospital, clinic, radiological clinic and medical laboratory require the approval of the Malaysian Medicine Advertisements Board (MMAB).

Any person who contravenes the provisions of the act can, if convicted, be fined up to 3,000 ringgit (961.5 U.S. dollars), jailed up to one year, or to both for a first offense.

Subsequent offenses could result in a fine not exceeding 5,000 ringgit (1,602.6 U.S. dollars), imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or both.

"However, realizing the importance of such advertisements, the MAB has liberalized its previously stringent requirements, and issued guidelines to help guide advertisers on what are deemed acceptable and suitable for publication," said the ministry.

Previously, advertisements pertaining to medical skills and services were confined to health magazines, directories, leaflets and billboards, whereas press advertisements were limited to congratulatory messages only.

Meanwhile, banners are now permitted for a limited time period to announce the opening of a new healthcare facility, said the ministry.

For publicity outside Malaysia, the ministry said the facilities should comply with the relevant requirements of those countries.

If the advertisements are also available to the general public in Malaysia through internet, then such advertisements should also conform to the Malaysian guidelines.

 

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