FRIM Product Certification Services (FRIM PCS) was established in June 2013 and approved under the special powers of the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment on November 18, 2014 as an addition to the Malaysian Forestry Research and Development Board Act 319 (1985). The main goals of FRIM PCS are:
- To help the local industries to produce quality products consistently
- To ensure that the forest-based industry meet the required specifications and standards determined by the stakeholders and users, and
- To assist the wood-based furniture industry in manufacturing quality products that meet the standards as demanded by the local and international markets.
FRIM PCS carries out its activities in accordance to ISO/IEC 17065: Conformity assessment: requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services. FRIM PCS has been accredited as a product certification body by the Department of Standards Malaysia (DSM) on 12 December 2014. The scope of accreditation is the certification of school furniture. The verification of FRIM PCS as a certification body is needed to ensure integrity and transparency in the implementation of product certification scheme are guaranteed.
FRIM PCS collaborated with the Persatuan Pengusaha Industri Perabot Bumiputera Malaysia (PETRA – a bumiputera furniture manufacturers’ association) in establishing the product certification scheme relating to chairs and tables for schools. Seven (7) manufacturers selected for the pilot project are PETRA-registered companies. Of these, only six companies were successfully certified:
- Yusia Jaya Sdn Bhd,
- Mabita Sdn Bhd,
- Smart Victory Sdn Bhd,
- Adunan Komersil Sdn Bhd,
- MS Zabki Sdn Bhd, and
- Ramaco Bena Sdn Bhd.
Currently solid wood, panel and mixed material products are included in the certification schemes. The priority of the certification schemes lies in the safety, stability, durability and strength standard requirements as set by the stakeholders.
FRIM PCS marks a guaranteed quality/branding of timber-based products that increases the confidence level of the consumer, facilitates the monitoring process, and alleviates the acceptance of the products in the domestic and international markets. In returns, positive competitiveness is established within the industry, and certified products will become a requirement for the local producers and manufacturers.