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Health Sciences Authority

Accreditation and Collaborations


The Pharmaceutical Laboratory is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by the Singapore Accreditation Council - Singapore Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (SAC-SINGLAS).

For the Schedule of SAC-SINGLAS Laboratory Accreditation, please click here.


World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Medicines Quality Assurance


The Laboratory has been established as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Medicines Quality Assurance since 1993. This designation is based on the alignment of the Laboratory's terms of reference and expertise with WHO's aims and objectives.

Current terms of reference include the following:

  1. Development and validation of new monographs for The International Pharmacopoeia in areas relating to chemical analytical procedures;
  2. Regional training centre for instrumental analysis of pharmaceutical preparations and good laboratory practice;
  3. Laboratory examination of candidate reference materials and replacement batches of International Chemical Reference Substances.

Associate membership of the General European OMCL Network (GEON)

The Pharmaceutical Laboratory has successfully undergone a Mutual Joint Audit, led by the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) in November 2013. Having met the Official Medicines Control Laboratories (OMCL)’s stringent quality management requirements, the Pharmaceutical Laboratory successfully attained the associated membership status to this Network with effect from 1st May 2014. This membership will allow HSA to be acquainted with the activities of the EDQM in the field of pharmaceutical testing, enabling us to keep abreast with emerging advancements in the pharmaceutical testing field.

ASEAN Reference Substances

asean ARS

ASEAN Reference Substances are established as part of the regional cooperation among the ASEAN countries to ensure the quality, safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals in the ASEAN region. These standards are validated in the national laboratories of the ASEAN member countries and are formally adopted after stringent qualitative and quantitative tests are carried out the candidate substances.

For more information, visit the ASEAN Reference Substances website at