Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM), or the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry, is a statutory professional organization incorporated under the Chemists Act 1975 on 1st November 1977 and is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The Institute was earlier inaugurated on 8th April 1967 with 27 founding members and subsequently registered under the Societies Act 1966 on 13th October 1967.

IKM has grown in tandem with the rapid development of Malaysia to become a well established and strong professional organization 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 education sectors. With a membership of 3,901 as at 1st May 2016, 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.


The Vision of the Institute is “Advancing Chemistry and Professionalism in Chemistry for Knowledge Generation, Wealth Creation and Improving the Quality of Life”.


The Institute regulates the practice of chemistry in Malaysia, represents the profession of chemistry, and promote public understanding and appreciation of chemistry. 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.


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.


Under the chemists Act 1975, only registered chemists of Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM) shall enjoy the following power and privileges
a)    practice or hold himself out as a registered chemist or as a person of any other like description;
b)    advertise by any means or in any manner as being engaged in the practice as a registered chemist;
c)    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
d)    sign or certify any report or certificate of analysis intended for the public.


The Functions of the Institute are as follows:
a)    To determine the qualifications of persons for admission as members;
b)    To provide for the training, education and examination by the Institute of persons intending to be members and to provide for the training and continuous professional development of members practising or intending to practise the profession of chemistry in Malaysia;
c)    To regulate the practice, by members, of the profession of chemistry in Malaysia;
d)    To promote the importance of the profession of chemistry and also to increase public awareness and appreciation with regard to the field of chemistry;
e)    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;
f)     To provide information and advice to members and the public on matters relating to chemistry;
g)    To collaborate with other government agencies, national and international professional bodies, national and international scientific organizations and higher educational institutions on matters relating to chemistry;
h)    To provide professional input, advice and consultation on national and global issues affecting the public by working closely with academia, other professional bodies and the industry;
i)      To approve or refuse the granting of accreditation of chemistry and chemistry-related programs in public higher educational institutions and private higher educational institutions in Malaysia in accordance with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007 [Act 679];
j)      To advise the Minister on matters relating to chemistry and chemistry profession; and
k)    To promote advances in the field of chemistry and chemistry-related sciences and their applications.


The Institute is managed by a 15-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 the Institute is open to all persons over 21 years old with a recognised 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, Member and Licentiate. Fellows, Members and Licentiates are entitled to use the initials FMIC, MMIC or LMIC respectively after their names.


The Institute carries out the whole range of professional, educational, social and promotional activities, including the following:

• Membership Examinations
• Chemistry Conferences including the Malaysian International Chemical Congress (MICC), Regional Symposium on Total Laboratory Management (QSEL), Seminars and Workshops
• Professional Courses and Continuing Education Programmes
• Chemistry Publications
• Technical and Professional Visits, and Study Tours
• Activities on Promoting Public Understanding 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 

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)
• 4thEurasia 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) 2011
• International Symposium on Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) 2011
• Cambodian Malaysian Chemical Conference (CMCC) 2012, Siem Reap, Cambodia
• International Conference on Water & Wastewater Management (ICWWM) 2013
• 6th Biennial Regional Symposium on Total Laboratory Management – Quality, Safety, Environment and Laboratory Informatics (6QSEL) 2013
• 18th Malaysian International Chemical Congress (18MICC) 2014
• Vietnam Malaysia Chemical Conference (VMICC) 2014, Hanoi, Vietnam
• 4th Federation of Asian Polymer Societies International Polymer Congress (4FAPS-IPC) 2015
• 7th Biennial Regional Symposium on Total Laboratory Management – Quality, Safety, Environment and Laboratory Informatics (7QSEL) 2015


IKM works closely with government ministries and agencies including the following:

• Ministry of Education
• Ministry of Health
• Department of Chemistry Malaysia
• Department of Standards Malaysia

IKM is represented in the following national Council and Committees:

• Malaysian Council of Standards and Accreditation (MSDAM)
• National Measurement Council (MPK)
• Malaysian Council of Food Safety and Nutrition (MKMPK)
• National Accreditation Committee (MyNAC)
• National Good Laboratory Practice Committee (MyGLPC)

The Institute also works closely with Malaysian universities and other institutions of higher learning to promote chemistry education, research and development. IKM and these institutions are jointly developing undergraduate chemistry programmes to suit national development goals and the latest development in chemical sciences.

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 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 4.197 for its 2008 publications.

IKM also works closely with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and its Malaysian Chapter. 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 has collaborated 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.


The Institute became a National Adhering Organisation (NAO) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in 2009. 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 various Divisions of IUPAC.

IKM takes an active part in a number of IUPAC activities such as the IUPAC International Year of Chemistry (IYC).

The Institute has organized the 18th IUPAC Conference on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs (CEMRAWN XVIII) with the theme on “Bioenergy” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 27 – 29, 2011.


The Institute publishes the following:

• Malaysian Journal of Chemistry (a semi-annual refereed journal of IKM)
• Berita IKM – Chemistry in Malaysia (a quarterly publication for members)


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:

• IKM Gold Medal for Distinctive Contribution to the Profession of Chemistry in Malaysia
• IKM Gold Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research and Development
• Tan Sri Datuk Amar Stephen K T Yong Award for significant contribution to development in the industrial sector in Malaysia
• Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Law Hieng Ding Award for significant contribution to chemistry education and/or public understanding of chemistry
• Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui Postgraduate Chemistry Medal
• IKM-RSC Prize for Polymer Science
• Graduate Chemistry Medals
• IKM Citation Awards for Meritorious Service
• IKM Laboratory Excellence Awards


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  
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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.  

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