Since 1 January 2012, under the Health Products Act and the Health Products (Medical Devices) Regulations, all medical devices, other than those exempted by the Regulations, are required to be registered with the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), prior to its placement on the Singapore market for sale. In addition, HSA requires all companies to obtain a dealer's license before manufacturing, importing or supplying medical devices. All medical devices will require registration with HSA before they can be supplied in Singapore, except for Class A low risk medical devices, which are exempted from product registration, or under specific conditions as approved by HSA.
For more information, please visit HSA’s website at: https://www.hsa.gov.sg/medical-devices/regulatory-overview
Therapeutic products, commonly known as pharmaceuticals, are health products intended for use in humans for a therapeutic, preventive, palliative or diagnostic purpose. Therapeutic products can contain chemical or biologic substances as active ingredients, which exert their effect either pharmacologically, chemically or by other physiological means. You will need to register your therapeutic products and apply for a license before you import, manufacture or wholesale them in Singapore.
Before conducting any activities relating to therapeutic products, you are advised to be familiar with the relevant legislations governing medicinal products in Singapore, which are available on the HSA website:
Generally therapeutic products fall under the following classifications:
* Kindly take note of the list of POM here. Take note that these products are prohibited for sale on Shopee platform and listings of any of these products will result in the listing being deleted without prior notification.
* Kindly take note of the list of Pharmacy Only Medicines here. Take note that these products are prohibited for sale on Shopee platform and listings of any of these products will result in the listing being deleted without prior notification.
* Kindly take note of the list of OTC / GSL here. Take note that these products are prohibited for sale on Shopee platform and listings of any of these products will result in the listing being deleted without prior notification.
* If you are unsure of the regulatory controls pertaining to the medicinal products or activities that you wish to conduct in Singapore, you are advised to consult the HSA before conducting such activities.
For more information on Therapeutic products, please refer to HSA’s website: https://www.hsa.gov.sg/therapeutic-products/register/overview
Advertisements and sale promotion
Advertisements and Promotions of Medicinal Products fall under the purview of Medicines Act and Medicines (Medical Advertisements) Regulations.
Advertisement and sales promotion permit for Therapeutic Product:
A valid permit is required from HSA before publishing any medical advertisements or conducting any sales promotion activities directed to the general public for the following types of medicinal products:
Advertisements of traditional medicinal materials:
Advertisements for traditional medicinal materials that contain medicinal claims need prior approval and must apply for an advertisement permit before advertising.
Advertisements with no medicinal claims do not need prior permit approval.
For more information on Advertisements and sale promotion, please refer to HSA’s website: https://www.hsa.gov.sg/chinese-proprietary-medicines/advertisements-medicinal-products-tmm
With effect from 1 Feb 2023, the wholesale and retail supply of cosmetic products that are not notified with HSA will be an offence. As advised by HSA, companies who intend to sell or supply a cosmetic product in Singapore are required to first notify HSA prior to selling or supplying the product in the local market. Failure to adhere to this requirement may result in a fine of up to $20,000 and/or imprisonment term up to 12 months.
Companies must also ensure that the products comply with the legal requirements for labeling and note the relevant restrictions on ingredients stipulated in the Regulations. Information on the regulatory controls for cosmetic products are available at this link: https://www.hsa.gov.sg/cosmetic
What is a cosmetic product?
A cosmetic product is defined as any substance or preparation that is intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body, such as the skin, hair, nails, lips or mouth (including gums, teeth and tongue), for the purpose of:
For more information on Cosmetic products, please refer to HSA’s website: https://www.hsa.gov.sg/cosmetic-products/overview or alternatively contact the Cosmetics Control Unit, Health Sciences Authority at HSA_Cosmetics_Control@hsa.gov.sg for further clarification.
Currently, health supplements are not subject to approvals and licensing by HSA for their importation, manufacture and sales.
Dealers are however responsible for the following and must ensure that their products comply with the requirements stipulated in the guidelines on health supplements set out by the HSA:
For more information on Health supplement, please refer to HSA’s website: https://www.hsa.gov.sg/health-supplements/overview
Chinese Proprietary Medicines (CPM)
The HSA has set out the following requirements to import, wholesale, manufacture or assemble Chinese Proprietary Medicines (CPM) in Singapore.
Dealers will need to obtain a product listing approval and a dealer's license to import, wholesale, manufacture or assemble CPM for sale and supply in Singapore.
If the CPM is solely imported for export purposes, product listing and dealer licenses are not required, but you will need to apply for a permit for the import of CPM solely for re-export.
For more information on CPM, please refer to HSA’s website: https://www.hsa.gov.sg/chinese-proprietary-medicines/overview
Traditional Medicines (TM) are not subject to approvals and licensing by HSA for their importation, manufacture and sale.
However, HSA prohibits the addition of medicinal ingredients such as steroids in TM. HSA also sets strict limits on toxic heavy metals in these products. Dealers (importers, manufacturers, wholesale dealers and sellers) have the obligation to ensure that their products are not harmful or unsafe, and that they conform with the stipulated guidelines before supplying TM into Singapore.
For more information on TM, please refer to HSA’s website: