The Chemist 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.UNDER THE CHEMISTS ACT 1975, ONLY REGISTERED CHEMISTS OF INSTITUT KIMIA MALAYSIA (IKM) SHALL ENJOY THE FOLLOWING POWER AND PRIVILEGES:
- Practice or hold himself out as a registered chemists or as a person of any other like description;
- Advertise by any means or in any manner as being engaged in the practice as a registered chemist;
- Adopt, use or exhibit the term "registered chemist" or its equivalent in any other language or any other term of like description in such circumstances as to indicate or to be likely to lead persons to refer that he is a registered chemist; and
- Sign or certify any report or certificate of analysis intended for the public.