The Pharmaceutical Division of the Health Sciences Authority provides analytical services for the quality and safety of drugs and cosmetic products and compliance testing on tobacco products, to HSA’s Health Products Regulation Group. The Division comprises the Pharmaceutical Laboratory, Cosmetics Laboratory and Cigarette Testing Laboratory. All the laboratories have been accredited under ISO/IEC 17025 since 1997 by the Singapore Accreditation Council - Singapore Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (SAC-SINGLAS).
The Pharmaceutical Laboratory provides both analytical and investigative services on regulatory testing of western medicines, chinese proprietary medicines, other traditional medicines and health supplements under the Health Products Act, Medicines Act and Poisons Act. Since 1993, the Laboratory has been established as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Medicines Quality Assurance to review monographs for The International Pharmacopoeia and assess test procedures and technical articles for WHO. The Laboratory also assists the WHO Collaborating Centre for Chemical Reference Substances to validate international reference standards and is a training centre for pharmaceutical analysis and advanced instrumentation. The Laboratory has attained the associated membership status to General European Official Medicines Control Laboratories Network (GEON) since May 2014.
The Cosmetics Laboratory provides both analytical services and investigative services on the regulatory testing of eye makeup, lipsticks, skin care products, hair care products and oral hygiene products for prohibited and restricted substances listed under the Health Products Act. The Laboratory is involved in method validation activities with ASEAN member countries and has been designated the leading laboratory in ASEAN on the analysis of prohibited colourants and tretinoin in cosmetics product since 2003. The Laboratory has joined the European network of Official Cosmetics Control Laboratories (OCCL) since 2012.
The Cigarette Testing Laboratory provides both analytical and advisory services on the regulatory testing of tobacco products and also analytical services to the private sectors in support of the enforcement of the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act. The Laboratory also provides analytical services to Singapore Customs on the analysis of contraband tobacco under the Customs Act. The Laboratory was designated as the WHO Collaborating Centre for Tobacco Testing and Research in 2009. The Laboratory is also a member of the Tobacco Laboratory Network, a network established by WHO Tobacco Free Initiative in April 2005, and assists WHO to develop harmonized standards for content and emissions testing on tobacco products, pursuant to Article 9 of WHO FCTC.