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About HSA

Our mission is to wisely regulate health products, serve the administration of justice, secure the nation's blood supply and safeguard public health.

What we do

About us - Applied Sciences

Applied sciences

We serve the administration of justice with the use of forensic medicine, forensic science and analytical chemistry testing.

Blood services

We secure the nation’s blood supply by ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply for public and private hospitals.

About us - Blood services
About us - Health products regulation

Health products regulation

We regulate health products to meet standards of safety, quality and efficacy.

Our world today has grown even more volatile and unpredictable. As we navigate the challenges in our second decade with the highest scientific, professional and ethical standards, we will always remain true to our core values.

Dr Choong May Ling, Mimi, CEO of HSA Read more

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: HSA Annual Report 2020/21

2020 was certainly an eventful one, as we faced unprecedented challenges and disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As the world came face to face with the pandemic, HSAians banded together to navigate these challenges.

We accelerated our transformation and digitalisation efforts, to adapt and innovate to the situation at hand. Be it expediting the approval of new therapeutic products, safeguarding the national blood supply, or refining and enhancing our forensic and analytical services, we were ready. 

Moving ahead, we will continue to stay prepared and agile. This is the best way to ensure that Singapore's health and safety remain secure and protected.

HSA Milestones

  • The Food Safety Division was transferred to the Singapore Food Agency under its National Centre for Food Science on 1 Apr.
  • The minimum legal age for smoking was raised to 19, and will be progressively raised to 21 in 2021.

  • Biology Division, in collaboration with the Singapore Police Force, introduced the use of Y-chromosomal DNA analysis for enhanced detection of male perpetrators.
  • The prohibition on the possession, purchase, or use of emerging and imitation tobacco products, which include electronic vaporisers kicked in.
  • The ban on the Corydalis yanhusuo herb and Chinese Proprietary Medicines containing the naturally occurring substance tetrahydropalmatine was lifted.

  • HSA implemented universal Zika Nucleic Acid Test screening on all blood donations.
  • A MOU was signed with the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS), Mexico.
  • The Point-of-Sale Display Ban on tobacco products took effect from August.