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National Poison Centre

Nurturing Health

The Malaysia National Poison Centre (NPC) based in Universiti Sains Malaysia was established in 1994 as a consultation centre for drug and poison information and poisoning management. In 1998, it earned an additional role as the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Drug Information (Western-Pacific Region) for its services and contribution in the arena of health. This status is active to date. In 2001, another function was added to the NPC when it was commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, New York, to set up a Clearinghouse for Tobacco Control to support tobacco-control activities in the Southeast Asia region.

Thus far, the NPC have executed all its given roles congruously, while continuing to make modifications and improvements to meet new challenges and expectations. In the two decades of its operation, the NPC has gone through various transformations, not only to sustain its relevance but also to support the aspirations of USM, its mother institution, and government policies. However, its focus remains firmly etched in its original mission and vision to promote health, reduce poisoning and prevent death through excellence, compassion and innovation. Over time, these nurtured ideals have yielded satisfactory outcomes as, increasingly, the efforts and accomplishments of the NPC clearly reflect these stated qualities.

ACHIEVING THE MISSION THROUGH SERVICES

To reduce the risk and occurrence of poisoning

To encourage optimum treatment of poisoning cases by

  • Provide consultation on poison information and management of poisoning cases
  • Conduct research and documentation of poisoning incidences
  • Coordinate and conduct poison awareness and prevention education
  • Conduct analytical tests and interpretations of laboratory results