Food-Health Product Classification
In Singapore, medicinal and other health-related products are regulated under various regulations such as the Medicines Act, the Poisons Act, the Sale of Drugs Act, the Medicines (Advertisement and Sale) Act and the Misuse of Drug Regulations. The control of health products is under the purview of the Health Sciences Authority. Products that are presently subjected to licensing requirements under HSA include Western medicinal products and Chinese Proprietary Medicines.
On the other hand, food and supplements of food nature come under the purview of the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority. The import and sale of these products in Singapore are governed by the Sale of Food Act and the Food Regulations. Importers of these products are required to ensure that the food products they intend to import comply with the requirements of the Food Regulations, including the labelling requirements.
The classification of products in the food-health product interface is a challenging one as it is dependent on various factors. HSA and AVA have developed a classification tree to assist companies determine the likely classification of their product. However, this tree serves only as a guide and companies are advised to seek confirmation with the respective Authority on the product's classification.
For detailed information on the regulation of health or food products in Singapore, you may visit the websites of the respective controlling agencies.
View the interactive Food-Health Product Classification Tree.
If you wish for your product to be classified by HSA, please submit an enquiry form with your product's information.
With effect from 21 May 2013, please use the new form for all classification enquiries. Enquiries made not using the new form or with incomplete information may take a longer time to process, depending on their complexity.