Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM), or the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry, is a professional scientific organisation incorporated under the Chemists Act 1975 under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). Inaugurated on 8th April 1967 with 27 Founding Members, IKM was registered with the Societies Act 1966 on 13th October 1967. The Institute was subsequently incorporated under the Chemists Act 1975 on 1st November 1977 with the following provisions:
- To regulate the practice of chemistry in Malaysia
- To represent the profession of chemistry in Malaysia
- To promote public awareness and appreciation, and the advancement of chemistry in Malaysia
IKM has grown in tandem with the rapid development of Malaysia to become a well established and strong professional organisation recognised both locally and internationally. Membership of IKM comes from both the manufacturing and service sectors, universities and other institutions of higher learning, research and development institutions, and, government and the education sectors. With a membership of 2,852 as at 1st January 2011, IKM enjoys a prominent place among the professional scientific organisations in Malaysia. The Institute is also playing a leading role in the development of chemistry in Malaysia.
VISION OF IKM
The Vision of the Institute is “Advancing chemistry for knowledge generation, wealth creation and improving the quality of life”.
MISSION OF THE INSTITUTE
The Institute regulates the practice of chemistry in Malaysia, represents the profession of chemistry, promotes public awareness and appreciation, and advancement of chemistry in Malaysia. IKM also plays a key role in the socioeconomic development of Malaysia, including practising sustainable development of our natural resources, and, preserving and conserving our natural environment and resources for our future generations. The Institute is also playing a leading role in the development of chemistry in the Asia Pacific as well as internationally.
CHEMISTS ACT 1975
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.
POWER AND PRIVILEGES
practice or hold himself out as a registered chemist 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.
Under the chemists Act 1975, only registered chemists of Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM) shall enjoy the following power and privileges
FUNCTIONS OF IKM
The Functions of the Institute are as follows:
- To determine the qualifications of persons for admission as members;
- To provide for the training, education and examination by the Institute of persons intending to be members and of members practising or intending to practise the profession of chemistry in Malaysia;
- To regulate the practice, by members, of the profession of chemistry in Malaysia
- To promote the interest of the profession of chemistry in Malaysia
- To render such pecuniary or other assistance to members or their dependants as it thinks fit with a view to protecting or promoting their welfare
Council of IKM & its Committees
The Institute is managed by a 13-member Council elected from its membership with the Director General of Chemistry as the Registrar. The President, Vice President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Assistant Secretary and Honorary Assistant Treasurer are elected annually from among the Council Members.
The Council also establishes a number of Committees to ensure the smooth operation and management of the Secretariat and various activities. Members of the Council are appointed as Chairpersons of these Committees.
MEMBERSHIP OF IKM
Membership of the Institute is open to all persons over 21 years old with a recognised pass or honours degree in chemistry or equivalent academic qualification in chemistry or a specialised discipline associated with chemistry and the requisite practical experience.
Membership is of three grades, namely Fellow, Associate and Licentiate. Fellows, Associates and Licentiates are entitled to use the initials FMIC, AMIC or LMIC respectively after their names.
IKM membership comes from both the manufacturing and service sectors, academia and research institutions, government and the education sectors.
The Institute carries out the whole range of professional, scientific, educational, social and promotional activities, including the following:
- Continuous Professional Development and Continuing Education Programmes
- Membership Examinations
- Scientific meetings and events including Malaysian Chemical Congress (MCC), Regional Symposium on Total Laboratory Management (QSEL), Forums and Workshops
- Scientific exhibitions including the biennial LabAsia
- Technical and Professional Visits, and Study Tours
- Activities on Promoting Public Awareness and Appreciation of Chemistry including the Chemistry and Technology Information Series (CATIS) and Malaysia Chemistry Festival
- Malaysian National Chemistry Quiz (K3M)
- Social Functions including the annual Malam Kimia
ACTIVITIES OF THE INSTITUTE
The Institute also regularly holds regional and international meetings. Among the major regional and international chemical conferences organised by the Institute are the following:
- Asian Network on Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry (ANAIC) International Conferences (1989 &1993)
- 2nd International Symposium on Technician Education (1991)
- 5th Asian Chemical Congress (1993)
- 4th Eurasia Chemical Conference (1994)
- 12th Asian Chemical Congress (12ACC) 2007
- 10th Asian Conference on Analytical Sciences (ASIANALYSIS X) 2009
- 19th IUPAC International Conference on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs (CHEMRAWN XIX) 2011
- 13th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technology (ExTech) 2011LabAsia 2011
- LabAsia 2011
- International Symposium on Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) 2011
The 17th Malaysian Chemical Congress (17MCC) will be held on October 15-17, 2012 at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. This will be followed by the Cambodian Malaysian Chemical Conference on October 19-21, 2012 at Siem Reap, Cambodia.
NATIONAL COOPERATION AND AFFILIATIONS
With the Chemists Act 1975, the Institute is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). The Director General of the Chemistry Department Malaysia is the Registrar of the Institute. IKM is also represented in the following Boards under MOSTI:
- Majlis Standard dan Akreditasi Malaysia (MSDAM)
- Majlis Pengukuran Kebangsaan (MPK)
Under the Ministry of Health (MOH), IKM is also represented in the following Board:
Majlis Keselamatan Makanan dan Pemakanan Kebangsaan (MKMPK)
Under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), IKM is also represented in the following Committee:
National Committee on Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
IKM is also represented in the following Committees in the Department of Standards Malaysia (DSM):
National Accreditation Committee (MyNAC)
National Good Laboratory Practice Committee (MyGLPC)
The Institute is also represented in the SIRIM Berhad Industrial Standard Committees and their Technical Committees and Working Groups.
IKM is a Founding Member of the following national umbrella organisations:
Confederation of Scientific and Technological Associations in Malaysia (COSTAM)
Malaysian Professional Centre (Balai Ikhtisas Malaysia or BIM)
The Institute is a Founding Member of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) and takes an active part in FACS activities. The Institute hosted the 12th Asian Chemical Congress (12ACC) and the FACS 14 General Assembly (14GA) in Kuala Lumpur in August 2007. IKM President, Datuk Dr Soon Ting Kueh, is currently the FACS Project Coordinator and IKM Honorary Secretary, Professor Datin Dr Zuriati Zakaria, is the FACS Treasurer General for 2011/12.
IKM is also a member of the Pacific Polymer Federation (PPF) and the Federation of Asian Polymer Societies (FAPS) and takes an active part in these two federations.
The Institute Is also a member of the Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES) which publishes Chemistry – An Asian Journal (CAJ) under Wiley-VCH since June 2006. CAJ is accorded with an impact factor of 4.188 for its 2012 publications.
IKM also works closely with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and hosts the Secretariat of the RSC Malaysia Section which is re-established recently. The Institute also collaborates with the US State Department (USSD) on its Chemical Security Programme (CSP) with a number of CSP Workshops being organised in several places in Malaysia.
The Institute is also collaborating with the National University of Singapore (NUS) in organising the 13th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technologies (ExTech 2011) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 27 – 29, 2011.
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PURE AND APPLIED CHEMISTRY (IUPAC)
The Institute became a National Adhering Organisation (NAO) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in 2009. In IUPAC, IKM President, Datuk Dr Soon Ting Kueh, is a Titular Member of CHEMRAWN Committee and a National Representative of the Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE). IKM is also represented in all the seven Divisions of IUPAC.
IKM takes an active part in a number of IUPAC activities. IUPAC will be celebrating 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) and Datuk Dr Soon Ting Kueh was a Member of the IYC 2011 Management Committee.
The Institute publishes the following:
Malaysian Journal of Chemistry (an annual refereed journal of IKM)
Berita IKM – Chemistry in Malaysia (a quarterly publication for members)
Kimia Kini (an annual publication of the Chemistry Education Section)
The Institute presents a number of annual awards to recognise professional contributions, academic excellence and outstanding meritorious service within its membership and profession. Among these awards are the following:
o IKM Gold Medal for Distinctive Contribution to the Profession of Chemistry in Malaysia
o IKM Gold Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research and Development
o Tan Sri Datuk Amar Stephen K T Yong Award for significant contribution to development in the industrial sector in Malaysia
o Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Law Hieng Ding Award for significant contribution to chemistry education and/or public understanding of chemistry
o Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui Postgraduate Chemistry Medal
o Graduate Chemistry Medals
o IKM Citation Awards for Meritorious Service
The Headquarter of Institut Kimia Malaysia is located in Kuala Lumpur at the following address:
Institut Kimia Malaysia
127B, Jalan Aminuddin Baki
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Tel: 60 3 7728 3272
Fax: 60 3 7728 9909
The Institute also has six Branches as follows:
- Sarawak Branch (located in Kuching)
- Northern Branch (located in Penang)
- Southern Branch (located in Johor Bahru)
- Sabah & FT Labuan Branch (located in Kota Kinabalu)
Perak Branch (located in Ipoh)
- Terengganu Branch (located in Kuala Terengganu)
The Institute will continue to play a key role in the socio-economic development of Malaysia. IKM will also play a major role in safeguarding the quality of our environment and ensuring the sustainable management of our natural resources.