Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments on Draft Guidance on Establishment of Pharmaceutical Unit and Post License Changes (2nd edition)

The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) is inviting stakeholder comments on the revised guidance document: “Establishment of Pharmaceutical Unit and Post License Changes”. This document aims to simplify and clarify the regulatory procedures for applicants and firms seeking to acquire, renew, or modify their Drug Manufacturing Licenses (DMLs).

Features of Revised Edition of the Guidance Document

This document provides a clear and concise overview of the entire licensing process, from initial application to post-license modifications.

The guidance document outlines the steps involved in obtaining a DML, including site selection, application forms, fee payment, and inspections. This aims to make the process more efficient and transparent for applicants.

Who Benefits

Applicants: This guideline serves as a valuable resource for pharmaceutical companies, entrepreneurs, and individuals seeking to establish or expand their drug manufacturing operations in Pakistan.

Firms: Existing DML holders can utilize this document to understand their responsibilities and procedures for post-license changes and renewals.

Investors: The streamlined process outlined in the guideline can create a more attractive investment climate for the pharmaceutical industry in Pakistan.

To access the full DRAP guidance document, please Click on “Establishment of Pharmaceutical Unit and Post License Changes”.

The revised guidelines are open for public comments until March 7, 2024. DRAP invites all the relevant stakeholders, such as pharmaceutical companies and civil society organizations, to review the revised guidelines and provide their feedback and suggestions. Stakeholders can submit their comments and suggestions using prescribed format (click here to visit how to submit comments) via email to or can be posted at mailing address, Director, Division of Drug Licensing, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, PM health Complex, Park Road, Islamabad.

DRAP appreciates the cooperation and contribution of all the stakeholders in the development and improvement of the guidelines on conduct of clinical trials in Pakistan. DRAP hopes that the revised guidelines will facilitate and promote the conduct of high-quality, ethical, and reliable clinical trials in Pakistan, and ultimately benefit the public health and well-being of the people of Pakistan.

National Hazardous Waste Management Policy 2022

The National Hazardous Waste Management Policy, 2022 of Pakistan is a set of guidelines for the environmentally sound management of solid and hazardous waste in the country. The Ministry of Climate Change has formulated this comprehensive national level policy through consultative process with relevant stakeholders. This Policy is aimed at acting as an umbrella document to address the issue of hazardous waste.

Pharmaceutical Industry being a potential source of generating hazardous material as byproduct of its manufacturing, research and development processes. These involve handling of various chemical compounds which may be toxic, reactive, flammable or otherwise hazardous to human health and environment Therefore, proper management of hazardous waste in pharmaceutical industry is crucial to protect human health and environment.

The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) in 167th meeting directed to upload the National Hazardous Waste Management Policy 2022 on its website for the information and awareness of pharmaceutical industry and other stakeholders.

Proposed amendments in the Rules : DRAP invites comments from stakeholders and public on the draft amendments in the Drugs (Licensing, Registering and Advertising) Rules, 1976;

The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has issued a proposal to amend the current version of the Drugs (Licensing, Registering and Advertising) Rules, 1976. The proposed amendments relates to the minimum area requirement for establishment of a pharmaceutical manufacturing units and adoption of Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation / Scheme (PIC/S) Guidelines for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), in order to further align more closely with the international standards and best practices, as practiced by many other regulatory authorities around the world.

The DRAP proposes to do so primarily by incorporating the provisos to enable manufactures and regulators to follow principles set by the Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation / Scheme (PIC/S) to maintain the quality standards at an acceptable level. PIC/s guidelines provide comprehensive guidance for both industry and regulators on various aspects of Good Manufacturing Practices.

DRAP has the mandate to issue guidelines and to monitor enforcement of licensing of manufacture of therapeutic goods and to implement internationally recognized standards under Section 7(c)(i) & (ix) of the DRAP Act, 2012. Control of environmental conditions for pharmaceutical industry is essential to manufacture quality products. and implementation of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) guidelines is critical to ensure the proper design, monitoring, and control of the manufacturing processes and facilities.

Stakeholders can submit their comments within 14 (fourteen) days of the publication of this Notification in the official Gazette of Pakistan using prescribed format, via email to, or can be posted at mailing address, Deputy Director, Division of Legal Affairs, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, 1st floor, TF Complex, 7th Mauve Area, G-9/4, Islamabad. Further information on comments submission can be accessed on this link.

SRO 778 (I)/2022 dated 10th June, 2022