Standards Users

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Standards Users strive to serve stakeholders with interest in standards, safety, social responsibility and sustainable development.


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About Us:

For more than 10 years, the Malaysian Association of Standards Users have been striving to serve stakeholders (namely: consumers, research institutions, industry and relevant government agencies in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region) with interest in standards, safety, social responsibility and sustainable development.

Dozens of product ranges (namely food) has been tested - leading to amendment to regulations, product safety policies and standards and development of new ones - such as ceramic tableware, salted eggs, water vending machines and domestic air fresheners.

Standards Users successfully advocated for Toy Safety regulation in Malaysia and with the funding support from APEC launched and manages the APEC Product Safety Incidents Information Sharing System - the APEC PSIISS. It is still the only organisation in the Asia region to publish the (so far) only magazine on issues regarding regional standardization and related activities - the Standards Asia.

Standards Users monitors product recalls around the world to ensure that the related government agencies in Malaysia respond to minimise if not eliminate similar risks in Malaysia.

Expected Result:

This project makes available credible and easily accessible information for consumers help make environmentally sound purchasing decisions. The project helps consumers integrate sustainable energy consumption behavior through wide use of energy efficient lighting.

It will help consumers support reduction in environmentally hazardous substance in the form of mercury in CFLs. By choosing quality CFLs consumers ensure that end-of life CFLs do not contribute to environmental pollution.

It helps consumers benefit economically from cost savings as a result of using energy efficient products and this helps growth of energy efficient domestic lighting solutions.

It supports the udatabase of green products which can besed by home builders and contractors to source for low carbon products and installation.

This project will create the need or justification for harmonized standards and compel regional forums like ASEAN EE MRA to harmonize standards for MEP and hazardous material testing. This facilitates trade of quality CFLs and LEDs within ASEAN Economic Community. By promoting the use of harmonized standards for minimum energy performance and testing policymakers will have tools to support growth of truly energy efficient lighting products in the market and its manufacturers / traders.

By having access to accredited testing facilities, consumer representatives are able to carry out comparative testing of energy efficient lightings and provide consumers accurate information about CFLs and LEDs performance in the future and may even show the need to test other appliances which make energy saving claims.

Project Objectives:

  1. To assess the overall quality of CFLs and LEDs currently being sold in Malaysia
  2. Preliminary assessment of the mercury content of CFL lamps currently being sold in Malaysia
  3. Methods to effectively educate consumers on how to make informed choices when purchasing, using and disposing energy efficient lighting at homes.
  4. To assess opportunities for Malaysia to join in the (regional) harmonization of CFL and LED standards on testing methods and engage in regional testing programme.

Rationale for the project:

Consumers are not able to shop for quality CLFs or LED lamps as tough competition, limited regulatory performance requirements and absence of harmonized test methods and standards leads to sub-standard lights flooding the market. There has been complaints that these ‘supposedly’ energy saving or energy efficient products do not actually save money for consumers.

If LEDs and CFL bulbs do not represent energy savings and lasting performance as they manufacturers claim, the market for these bulbs will be affected and the consumers will continue to use incandescent lamps which are detrimental to the environment anyways.

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