Before a product is marketed, experience of its safety and efficacy are limited to its use in clinical trials. The conditions under which patients are studied pre-marketing do not necessarily reflect the way the product will be used in hospitals or in general practice once it is marketed.
No matter how extensive the pre-clinical work in animals and the clinical trials in patients, certain adverse effects may not be detected until a very large number of people have used the medicinal product.

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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.



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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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