Meeting the highest standards

17 March 2023
ITC News

Series of training helps improve standards related to greenhouse gases in Malaysia

Ainaa Kamila Rosli is a senior assistant director in the accreditation division of the Department of Standards Malaysia (DSM).

Her division focuses on development and maintenance of new schemes and programmes under the scheme accreditation and certification bodies.  

Malaysia’s Department of Standards will re-evaluate existing schemes every five years and is keeping abreast with international schemes to ensure Malaysia’s ISO standards for all industries are up to par with the rest of the world so that the international standards on quality management and quality assurance are met.

“I look for new schemes of programme, evaluate and update the existing schemes. The reason for this is to upgrade the competency of auditors and Malaysia’s companies,” Ainaa says.  

She believes that Malaysia could benefit from improving its standards related to Green House Gases (GHG) so that the country could catch up on pricing carbon border adjustment mechanism after standardization.

As the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is looking into carbon border adjustment mechanism to set the carbon price in Malaysia, together with DSM , it began working with the European Union funded ARISE Plus Malaysia project to support the verification and validation process of standards related to GHG, aligned with the EU Green Deal.

Recognizing the implementation process in the country as one of the biggest challenges for DSM, Ainaa worked out three different phases with the project to help expand Malaysia’s GHG landscape.  

Together with the project, Ainaa organized three phases of trainings.

The first series of training was instrumental in creating awareness and stimulating engagement amongst regulators, relevant ministries and agencies that involved with matters related to GHG.

“We wanted to know if relevant parties were aware of DSM involvement in GHG standards. We invited government linked companies such as Bursa, as they have new initiative on trading carbon exchange market in Malaysia,” Alina says explaining the benefits of the training.

About 40 participants attended the 2nd workshop that provided technical training on the main standards used by verification and validation bodies for GHG.

Alina was thrilled by the feedback of the participants.

“All wanted to be certified on the standards in Malaysia as it is one of the important aspects of assessing the competency of every verification and validation personnel. Participants will be considered qualified auditors after our training.” 

The objective of phase 3 is to accredit the first verification and validation body by this year. 

“By doing so, Malaysia will be one step closer to have their own GHG standards,” Alina notes.


About the project
The ARISE Plus Malaysia project supports inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the country through enhancing sustainable business and investment environments, improving product quality and competitiveness, as well as enhancing sustainable and internationally quality-compliant practices in the agri-food sector.

The three-year project is funded by the European Union and is a part of its national and regional ARISE Plus projects to support greater connectivity and economic integration in ASEAN. The project is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.