DRAP issued a Draft of Guidelines on the Lot Release of Biological Drugs

The lot release of biological products is a part of the regulation of biological products. It involves the independent assessment of each lot of a licensed biological product before it is released in the market. In addition to manufacturing, the complexity inherent to biological products, proper storage conditions and efficient supply chain management must be ensured to preserve these products’ sensitivity and limited shelf life properties. For the reasons stipulated above, a careful independent review of manufacturing and quality control data on every lot of product as stated is, therefore, necessary before use. Lot release program enables National Regulatory Authority (NRA) to ascertain the safety, quality, and effectiveness of every lot of these products.

This draft guideline is uploaded on the official website of DRAP dated 5th May 2023, for seeking comments and suggestions from stakeholders on the draft document. Stakeholders can submit their comments and suggestions within 15 days of uploading this document using the prescribed format, (further information on comments submission can access at this link. Comments and suggestions can be forwarded via email to ayub.naveeddra.gov.pk, copied at directornclb.dra.gov.pk, or can be posted at the mailing address, The Director, National Control Laboratory for Biologicals, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, Prime Minister’s National Health Complex, Park Road, Chak Shehzad, Islamabad.