Obtaining Manufacturing License

The Factory Act of 1992 (which replaces the Factory Act of 1969, 1975 and 1979) stipulates regulations for factory establishment and operation, factory expansion, and safety requirements. The latest revision of the Act also imposes strict controls on industrial pollution. The Act is administered by the Department of Industrial Works of the Ministry of Industry. 

A factory is defined as any premise that uses machinery equivalent to five horsepower or more, or that employs seven or more, with or without any machine, for manufacturing, producing, assembling, packing, repairing, maintaining, testing, improving, processing, conveying, storing or destroying anything included in the classes or types of factories presently listed in the Ministerial Regulations.

The Act does not apply to the Government factory run by the Government for the purpose of national security and safety, except that such factories must use the criteria and procedures of the Act as guidelines for their operations.

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