Currently, health supplements can be imported and sold without a licence from this Authority. They are not subjected to pre-market approval by this Authority. Nevertheless, dealers of health supplements are advised to comply with the guidelines for health supplements set out by this Authority. Dealers of health supplements include the importer, manufacturer, distributor and seller.
The onus of responsibility in ensuring the safety and quality of health supplements, and compliance with the guidelines for health supplements rests with the dealer.
The following guidelines provide information for the trade when dealing with health supplements in Singapore. These guidelines serve to supplement the understanding and application of the existing Laws and Regulations, but are not at any time meant to supersede or replace any of the legislations.
These guidelines shall be updated and revised from time-to-time as other new legislations are implemented, or when current legislations are revised. Please refer to the latest version of the guidelines for updates.
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) Guidelines (updated September 2008) Additional requirements for health supplements containing animal parts
If you have any enquiries, please contact the Complementary Health Products Branch:
Tel: (65) 6866 3466 / (65) 6866 3459
Fax: (65) 6478 9037
For companies that wish for their products to be classified by us, they may submit an enquiry using our enquiry form with the product's information.
With effect from 21 May 2013, please use the new form for all classification enquiries. Enquiries made not using the current form or with incomplete information may take a longer time to process, depending on their complexity.
Please click here for details of the legislation administered by the Health Products Regulation Group.