Import Declaration at Tradenet
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has undertaken a review of the import declaration requirements for health products, with the goal to streamline trade documentation of health products imported into Singapore and to facilitate the submission of import permit applications via TradeNet.
With effect from 3 May 2016, key changes, as summarized below, will be implemented:
- Merger of the 4 Competent Authorities (CAs) for health products into single unit.
- Removal of the need to declare HSA Product Codes for health products that are currently not subject to licensing/approval requirements.
- Simplification of HSA Product Codes.
One Single Competent Authority(CA) For All Health Products Controlled by HSA
The current 4 CAs of HSA in TradeNet, i.e. Cosmetic Control Unit (CCU), Medical Device Branch (MDB), Complementary Health Products (CHP), and Health Products Regulation Group (HPR), will be merged into a single CA (i.e. HPR). With this initiative, different categories of health products may be declared within the same TradeNet permit application.
New and Simplified HSA Product Codes
For the following health products that are subject to HSA’s licensing/approval requirements before importation, an importer or dealer is required to submit import declarations using applicable HSA Product Codes and to furnish the relevant licence/approval information:
|Category of Products||Main Legislation|
|1||Therapeutic Products including therapeutic gums||
|3||Chinese Proprietary Medicines||
|4||Medicinal or Therapeutic products used in clinical research||
|5||Controlled drugs and Psychotropic substances||
|6||Oral dental gums||
|7||Substances specified as “Poisons”||
For the import of the above categories of health products, HSA has also reviewed and simplified the HSA Product Codes into 5 Product Codes as tabulated in Table 1 below. The five HSA product codes are to be used from 3 May 2016:
Table 1: HSA Product Codes that will be implemented from 3 May 2016
|Product Codes||Applicable for Import of:|
not containing controlled drugs or psychotropic substances.
not containing controlled drugs or psychotropic substances and imported with special authorisation or approval from HSA on a consignment basis.
not containing controlled drugs or psychotropic substances and imported for personal use only.
License/Approval Information To Be Declared Using HSA Product Codes
In addition to the HSA Product Codes in Table 1 above, importers and dealers are also required to furnish all relevant HSA licence/approval information in the CA/SC code 1, 2 and 3 fields, where applicable. Details of the information to be furnished for therapeutic products, medical devices, Chinese proprietary medicines and other types of imports are provided in Tables 2 to 5.
Information to be Declared for Health Products Subjected to Licensing/Approval Requirements
The Tables 2 to 5 below provide guidance to importers and dealers on licence information and/or other approval information that needs to be declared and the specific CA/SC Code fields that they should use to provide the information.
Table 2 Therapeutic Products
Table 3 Medical Devices
Table 4 Chinese Proprietary Medicines
Table 5 Other Products regulated by HSA including Poisons, Controlled Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Oral Dental Gums”
The following health products are currently not subject to HSA’s licensing/approval requirements before importation. Hence, they are no longer required to be declared with HSA’s Product codes in the permit applications submitted via TradeNet.
- Cosmetic products
- Health supplements
(E.g. anti-dandruff preparations, medicated soaps, medicated plasters, medicated beverages, vitamin or nutritional preparations from any plant, animal or mineral, medicated toothpaste, medicated cosmetic products for treatment of pimples or acne which are exempted from product registration requirement)
- Traditional medicines such as Jamu and Ayurvedic medicines
(Excluding Chinese proprietary medicine)
- Medicated oils and balms
- Herbal materials
- Homoeopathic medicines
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Read the list of “Frequently Asked Questions” which will address some of the questions that you may have.
TradeNet declaration process and information for health products
Specific information for different categories of health products to be declared when submitting import permit applications at the TradeNet is available here.
The circulars sent to the Importers, Traders and Declaring Agents can be read here:
001/2016 Changes to Import Declaration Requirements for Health Products from 3 May 2016
003/2016 Changes to Information to be Declared for Import of Health Products from 1 November 2016
For further clarifications, please email to: HSA_TradeNet@hsa.gov.sg or Tel: 6304 5857.
(Office hours Mon-Fri: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm excluding lunch hour: 12.00 pm to 1.00 pm; Weekends and Public Holidays: Closed)