Malawi - 1.2 Malawi Regulatory Departments

The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) is a statutory organization established in 1972 by an Act of Parliament (Cap 51:02) of Malawi. The MBS was established with a mandate to promote standardization of commodities and of their manufacture, production, processing or treatment; and further, to provide for matters incidental to, or connected with standardization. The mandate was given as a means of advancing the national economy; benefiting the health, safety and welfare of the public; assisting and protecting consumers; facilitating domestic and international trade; and furthering international cooperation in the field of standardization. 

The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) is a corporate body established under the Energy Regulatory Act No. 20 of 2004 as the Energy Sector Wide Regulator. The mandate is to regulate the energy sector in Malawi in a fair, transparent, efficient and cost-effective manner for the benefit of the consumers and operators. MERA operates in accordance with the following Energy Laws: The Electricity Act 2004; The Energy Regulation Act 2004; The Rural Electrification Act 2004; and The Liquid Fuels and Gas (Production and Supply) Act 2004. As the Energy Sector-regulator MERA has the following key functions: receive and process license applications for energy undertakings; grant, revoke or amend licenses under the Act and Energy Laws; approve tariffs and prices of energy sales and services; monitor and enforce compliance by licensees with licensing conditions granted under the Act and the Energy Laws; develop and enforce performance and safety standards for energy exploitation, production, transportation and distribution. 

The Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Act 1988 and the Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons (Fees and Forms) Regulations 1990 empower the Pharmacy, Medicines and Poisons Board established by the Ministry of Health to regulate, register, and control the quality of drugs in Malawi. The Board is also responsible for the registration, ethical control and training of pharmacy professionals. The Board has a Medicines Committee for the scheduling and registration of drugs. Malawi has a written and approved national drug policy, developed in 1991. It covers all aspects related to drug regulatory control, drug registration, drug procurement, and quality assurance. A plan called National Pharmaceutical Plan 1990-1995, dated 1991, is in the process of being implemented. There is an official essential drugs list, the Malawi Essential Drugs List, developed in 1991. The list contains 311 products and is being used for procurement of drugs for the public sector. Drug registration has not been introduced and there is no unit responsible for this within the Pharmacy Administration of the Ministry of Health. 

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is an agency of the Government of Malawi responsible for assessment, collection and accounting of tax revenues. MRA was established by an Act of Parliament in 1998 and was launched in February 2000. It was formed to improve on the functions previously carried out by the Divisions of Customs and Excise, and Income Tax in the Ministry of Finance. The Authority operates as a government tax administration agency under the Ministry of Finance. The revenue that the Authority collects goes to Government for implementation of various socio-economic development projects such as the construction of roads, bridges, schools, health facilities and provision of social services. The latter include national security and provision of salaries for civil servants such as the police, the army, judges, doctors, nurses and teachers 

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) was established under the Communications Act (1998), Cap 68:01 of the Laws of Malawi and its Mandate is to regulate and develop the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Sector in Malawi. 

For information on Malawi Regulatory Department contact details, please see the following link: 

4.1 Malawi Government Contact List


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