On April 3, 2020, Malaysian National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) released a collection of answers to the frequently asked questions about hand sanitizers . The collection specifies the categories, regulatory requirements, active ingredients, permitted and prohibited claims, etc. of hand sanitizers.
Category and Regulatory Requirements
Hand sanitizers are divided into cosmetic and generic products depending on their usage and function. The following are the regulatory requirements that must be met before importing, manufacturing, or marketing hand sanitizers.
Hand sanitizers for general hand hygiene
Generic Product (Non-scheduled Poison/OTC)
Hand sanitizers/hand disinfectants/hand surgical scrubs used in health facilities that are to be used by health practitioners before or after performing treatment procedures
*Non-scheduled Poison/OTC: (Known as Non-Poison or "Over-the-Counter", OTC) Products containing active ingredients which are not listed in the First Schedule under Poisons Act 1952; and is excluding active ingredients which are categorized under health supplements or natural products or cosmetics 
Hand sanitizer classified as cosmetics should contain at least 60% alcohol (ethanol or ethyl alcohol). Malaysian Minister of Religious Affairs has given the green light for Muslim consumers to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers .
For alcohol-free sanitizers, sufficient documentation and scientific evidence is required to support the claims marked on the label. The failure of the enterprise to submit supporting documents within the stipulated period will result in the rejection or cancellation of the notification.
Hand sanitizer classified as cosmetics shall comply with Cosmetic Claims Guideline. Antibacterial claims are allowed for hand sanitizers as secondary claims.
Misleading, improper, not factual, religious, or GMP certification related claims are prohibited. Some examples of prohibited claims commonly observed for hand sanitizer classified as cosmetics are given below.
Prohibited claims for hand sanitizer classified as cosmetics
*This is not an exhaustive list and subject to review when necessary
Find the English Version of the full Q&A collection here.