How to identify registered drugs or pharmaceutical products?

All pharmaceutical products including health supplements and traditional preparations must be registered with the Drug Control Authority (DCA) of Malaysia before being marketed in Malaysia. Evaluation of the products' quality, safety and efficacy (except for traditional preparations and health supplements) are carried out to ensure safety to the public.

This to ensure that products registered with the DCA are safe to be taken by the public. Products registered with the DCA has two main features, the registration number and genuine hologram sticker. The registration number starts with 'MAL', followed by eight numbers, and ending with the letter T,A,X or N.

To check the list of products registered with the DCA, visit the official website of the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau, Click on the 'Registered Product Search' (Quest Quest 2 & 3) and enter the details of the product to start the search.

To check the authenticity of the hologram sticker, use the Meditag hologram decoder available at the nearby pharmacy shop.

Are cosmetics in Malaysia certified as Halal

The use of halal logo is permitted for cosmetic products, provided that the product is certified halal by the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia or JAKIM. However, certification of halal depends on application by the manufacturer / distributor  to JAKIM and is not a mandatory requirement for cosmetics notification in Malaysia. For more information on cosmetics, visit the National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau official website,, click on cosmetics to download the notification guidelines for cosmetic products.

Are there any control measures on pharmaceutical products containing animal-derived materials?

Yes, there are.

Pharmaceutical product registration holders must label, and declare on the label, if the product contains animal-derived materials such as magnesium stearate, glycerine or gelatine. Should the company fail to do so, the MOH has the right to suspend or deregister said product.

Even though determining whether a medicine is free from animal-derived substances be it bovine, porcine or other involves a complex process, detection is possible with the current advanced technology available.

The National Fatwa Council Committee convened and decided that pharmaceuticals/medicines containing prohibited substances should only be consumed if there are no other medicine of halal source available, and it is used in an emergency. Please contact JAKIM for more information.

Is it a requirement for food supplements and drinks intended for slimming to be registered with MOH?

Food supplements and drinks are classified as food. Food and drinks products are controlled by the Food Safety and Quality Division (FSQ), MOH. However, depending on the composition and claims, they can be classified as pharmaceuticals and need to be registered with the Drug Control Authority (DCA). 

Do we need special permission to bring pharmaceutical products and cosmetics inside Malaysia

For your information, any person arriving in the federation from a place outside federation is allowed to import as part of his personal luggage, any cosmetic solely for his personal use or for the use of his family in a quantity not exceeding that which may be reasonably required or one month’s use by one person. In the case of importing the cosmetic products by post, this will require an import exemption that is granted by the Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health Malaysia. Therefore, it is advisable that you write a formal letter to the Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Services before importing the cosmetic products mentioned.