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Traditional medicine

Any product used in the practice of indigenous medicine, in which the drug consist solely of one or more naturally occurring substances of a plant, animal or mineral, of parts thereof, in the unextracted or crude extract form, and a homeopathic medicine. It shall not include any sterile preparation, vaccines, any substance derived human parts, any isolated and characterized chemical substances.  

Herbal Remedy

Any drug consisting of a substance or a mixture of substances produced by drying, crushing or comminuting, but without subjecting to any other process, a natural substance or substances of plant, animal or mineral origin, or any part of such substance or substances.

Finished Herbal Product

Finished herbal products consist of herbal preparations made from one or more herbs. If more than one herb is used, the term “mixture herbal product” can also be used. Finished herbal products and mixture herbal products may contain excipients in addition to the active ingredients. However, finished products or mixture herbal products to which chemically defined active substance have been added, including synthetic compounds and/ isolated constituents from herbal materials, are not considered to be herbal.

Homeopathic Medicine

Any pharmaceutical dosage form used in the homeopathic therapeutic system in which diseases are treated by the use of minute amounts as of such substances which are capable of producing in healthy persons symptoms similar to those of the disease being treated.

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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

List of DRGD Updates Download
List of DRGD Updates - October 2018 October 2018
List of DRGD Updates - August 2018 August 2018
List of DRGD Updates - July 2018 July 2018
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

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