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Navigating Licensing Issues for Setting Up a Senior Nursing Home in Malaysia

Navigating Licensing Issues for Setting Up a Senior Nursing Home in Malaysia

Providing Quality Care for Malaysia's Aging Population*


As the population of Malaysia continues to age, there is a growing need for senior care facilities that can offer the necessary support and services to elderly individuals. Setting up a senior nursing home can be a rewarding endeavor, but it comes with its fair share of challenges, particularly when it comes to obtaining the required licenses and permits. In this blog post, we will explore the key licensing issues that need to be addressed when establishing a senior nursing home in Malaysia.

Understanding Regulatory Framework

Before delving into the specific licensing requirements, it's crucial to have a clear understanding of the regulatory framework governing senior care facilities in Malaysia. The primary governing body in this regard is the Ministry of Health (MOH), which sets the standards and guidelines for healthcare facilities, including nursing homes.

Key Licensing Requirements

1. Operating License for a nursing home

Obtaining an operating license from the Ministry of Health is the cornerstone of setting up a senior nursing home in Malaysia. This license signifies that your facility meets the necessary standards in terms of infrastructure, staffing, and services. To apply for this license, you will need to submit a comprehensive proposal that outlines your facility's design, staffing plan, care services, and safety measures. The Act is Act 586Private Healthcare Facilities and Service Act 1998 by Ministry of Health.  

2. Operating License for a Senior Care Centre

The Act is Act 506 Care Centres Act 1993 by Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development under The Malaysian Department of Social Welfare (JKM). This department will issue a letter to seek for 3 authorities such as local authority, Bomba and also district health office. For residential area, it is important to convert residential to commercial title in order to operate a care centre. 

Required documents for health district are

  1. Typhoid injection
  2. Food management certificate
  3. Building plan

 Required documents for local authority are

  1. Certificate of Fitness (CF)
  2. Paid receipt for Asessment Tax
  3. Building plan
  4. Copy of land grant
  5. Paid receipt land tax

Required documents for bomba are 

  1. Fire extinguisher
  2. Emergency Exit
  3. Certificate of Fitness (CF)
  4. Building plan

3. Licence for the operation of private aged healthcare facilities

Act 802 Private Aged Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 2018 (“the Act”) was gazetted on 29 March 2018 and has yet to come into force. The Act is expected to provide a more holistic regulatory environment for elderly care in Malaysia and ensure that all private healthcare centres and services are licensed and regulated. This would be the first time a specific law has been introduced to regulate and protect the standards of care for the elderly in Malaysia.

The new Act replaces the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 [Act 586] which regulates private nursing homes as well as the Department of Social Welfare – Care Centre Act [Act 506] which regulates care centres.


Setting up a senior nursing home or senior care center in Malaysia is a noble endeavor that addresses a crucial need in society. While the licensing process can be demanding, it's a necessary step to ensure the safety and well-being of residents. By understanding and diligently addressing the regulatory requirements, you can embark on this journey with confidence, knowing that you are contributing to the betterment of elderly care in Malaysia.

If you're interested in establishing an aged care facility in Malaysia, don't hesitate to reach out to us at iElder at +60126885592. 

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