The Chemists Act 1975 gave recognition to the professional practice of chemistry in Malaysia. IKM was incorporated under the Act to regulate and promote the practice of the profession of chemistry in Malaysia
The Chemists (Amendment) Act 2015 was gazetted on 24th Aug 2015 and comes into operation on 1st November 2015.
Section 2,7,9,14,15,17,18,19,23,25,27 and the First Schedule of the Principal Act were amended with the following objectives:
- To provide for IKM to expand its functions;
- To rename the grades of membership and to amend the qualification and working experience requirements to be elected to the various grades of IKM membership; circumstances as to indicate or to be likely to lead persons to refer that he is a registered chemist; and
- To provide more efficient and effective administration and management of IKM functions and activities.
One of the amendments is that the Associate grade of membership is amended to Member and the initials AMIC which stands for Associate of the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry is now amended to MMIC or Member of Malaysian Institute of Chemistry. The other grades of membership namely Licentiate and Fellow remain the same. There are also changes in the minimum number of years of working experience required for admission as a Licentiate or Member.