In Singapore, there are many licensed healthcare professionals that provide health products and medical services to the general public. These professionals are well-trained to provide quality health care services.
It is important that people who are interested in learning more about health products in Singapore do research on the products that are provided by these licensed healthcare professionals. There are several websites that provide information on these products. You will also find out about the suppliers of these products.
The Health Products Act regulates the manufacture, storage, distribution, importation, and exportation of health products in Singapore. Persons who export or import substandard, counterfeit, or adulterated health products may be charged under the Poisons Act, Medicines Act, and/or the Health Products Act.
The penalties applicable are as stated in the Health Products Act: The General Authority for drugs and medicines and the Singapore Pharmaceutical Commission is the regulatory authority that controls the production, distribution, and sale of medicinal and other health products in Singapore.
The General Authority for health and medical appliances and the Singapore Medicines and Foodstuff Authority is the regulatory authorities for the manufacture and distribution of food and drug products. Other subsidiary legislation also governs these entities.
Examples of such subsidiary legislation are the Quality Act and the Therapeutic Goods Legislation. One of the main functions of the Singapore medicines and foodstuff authority is to regulate the production and supply of medicinal and other health products in Singapore.
Another function is to establish guidelines for the production, packaging, labeling, and packaging of medicinal and other health products. Subsequently, it seeks to protect the interests of consumers and maintain the safety of the market.
The General Health Office or GHO regulates the production and distribution of medicinal and other health products in Singapore. Its area of responsibility is the regulation of drugs, therapeutic chemicals, medicines, and medical devices.
As part of its functions, it is also responsible for the registration of medicinal and other drugs and the conformity of drug products with the standards of international quality. It is the chief regulating authority for the conformity of imported medicinal and other drugs and apparatus.
The General Health Office has, since 2001, also been responsible for the registration of therapeutic devices. Under the Healthcare and Indoor Air Quality (HIDA) Act of Singapore, the General Delivery Agency for Health (GDA) is responsible for the registration of pharmaceutical products.
The HIDA regulates the manufacture, possession, and disposal of therapeutic products. The HIDA has a Systemic Quality Management System (SSMS), a national Quality Management System (QSMS), and a national Manufacturing Approval Scheme (MPS).
The QSMS and MPS programs are managed by the GDAH and are nationally consistent. All of these healthcare products have to be approved by the GDAH before they can be marketed and distributed in the country.
The General Medical Devices Industry Association (GMDA) is a Singapore body that promotes harmonious working relationships between the healthcare industry, health care practitioners, retailers, and suppliers of medical devices and equipment in Singapore.
It also provides professional development for healthcare professionals interested in learning about new and innovative medical devices. It holds annual exhibitions and workshops that allow retailers to connect and share information on product markets, market strategies, and business development.
Singapore is a leading supplier of medical devices and medical equipment, paying particular attention to skincare, surgical gloves, hearing aids, surgical stethoscopes, and diagnostic tools.
The GMDA also works with healthcare product manufacturers to improve product quality and safety, promote the harmonization of manufacturing processes, and establish guidelines for clinical practice.
The Healthcare Body Development Association (HBDA) is a not-for-profit professional body for professionals in the medical field with a specific mandate to provide support to healthcare practitioners in the design, development, manufacture, and distribution of medical devices and equipment.
It holds annual conferences and workshops that are aimed at disseminating information on best practice guidelines, best practices for health product manufacturing, and effective marketing of medical products.
There are many trade fairs and seminars that are organized by the HBDA throughout the year. These events also provide training, information gathering, and exposure to potential customers. Consultants from the HBDA are available to give expert advice to any member of the organization who may require it.