Health Supplements

Health Supplements

A Health Supplement (HS) means any product that is used to supplement a diet and to maintain, enhance and improve the health function of human body. It is presented in small unit dosage forms (to be administered) such as capsules, tablets, powder, liquids and shall not include any sterile preparations (i.e. injectables, eyedrops). It may contain one or more, or the following combination: 

  1. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, probiotics, and other bioactive substances;
  2. Substances derived from *natural sources, including animal, mineral and botanical materials in the forms of extracts, isolates, concentrates, metabolite;
  • Synthetic sources of ingredients mentioned in (i) and (ii) may only be used where the safety of these has been proven.

For details, please refer to Appendix 4: Guideline On Registration Of Health Supplements 

Drug Registration Guidance Document : Second Edition – September 2016, revised July 2018


  • This “DRUG REGISTRATION GUIDANCE DOCUMENT (DRGD)” will serve as the reference guide for the registration process including quality control, inspection & licensing and post-registration activities of medicinal products. This document will replace the “DRUG REGISTRATION GUIDANCE DOCUMENT” Second Edition, September 2016.
  • This DRGD shall be read in conjunction with the current laws and regulations together with other relevant legislations, where applicable, governing pharmaceutical and natural products for human use in Malaysia, which include but not limited to the following:

a) Sale of Drugs Act 1952;
b) Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984;
c) Dangerous Drugs Act 1952;
d) Poisons Act 1952;
e) Medicines (Advertisement & Sale) Act 1956;
f) Patents Act 1983;
g) Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Laws of Malaysia Act 716); and
h) International Trade in Endangered Species Act 2008 (Act 686).
The written laws shall take precedence over this guidance document in any event of discrepancy.



DRGD Update

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List of DRGD Updates - June 2018 June 2018
List of DRGD Updates - April 2018 April 2018
List of DRGD Updates - March 2018 March 2018
Drug Registration Guidance Document (DRGD) Second Edition - September 2016, revised January 2018 January 2018

Product Registration Process


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