Importers and declaring agents in Singapore will soon have access to a simplified import process for shipments health products. Singapore’s Health Sciences Agency (HSA) announced several administrative and procedural changes which the agency plans to reduce the number of import documents and simplify the entry process for healthcare products.
As of May 3, 2016, the following changes go into effect in Singapore:
- Four of HSA’s Competent Authorities (CA); The Cosmetic Control Unit (CCU), Medical Device Branch (MDB), Complementary Health Products (CHP), and Health Products Regulation Group (HPR), will be merged into a single CA (i.e. HPR). With this merger different categories of health products may be declared within the same TradeNet® permit application.
- Products not subject to import licensing/approvals such as cosmetics, health supplements, and homeopathic medicines will no longer require declaration of HSA Product Code
- Reducing the number of HSA health product codes needed to import devices and products from seven currently down to five
With this effort to streamline the entry process for health products, Singapore joins an ever increasing list of countries that are actively seeking to facilitate trade and bolster the ability of the health industry to become nimbler in the global market.