In Singapore, health supplements can be imported and sold without a license from the competent authority, Health Science Authority (HSA).
Recently, Dr Daniel Ng Peng Keat raised doubt on this policy, putting an emphasis on the proliferation of the number products, growing consumer demand for such products and potential harmful effects supplements may have when consumed by people with medical conditions.
Health Science Authority (HSA) and Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) replied in a written statement that the following facts/required actions ensure the safety of health supplements.
- Health supplements generally contain low-risk ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals and natural source substances, which are safe to consume.
- Dealers are required to ensure the safety and quality of the product. Products should not contain any harmful or undeclared active substances.
- Singapore has post-market surveillance system. Regular sampling and testing will ensure the products under safety control throughout the whole shelf life of such products.
- Individuals with medical conditions should consult their doctors for proper dietary choices.
In addition to this, in February 2015, Singapore HSA published a Regulatory Guidance to assist the trade in health supplements in Singapore. Regulatory guidance, available at HSA webpage, amongst other things, sets the maximum limits for heavy metals, contaminants, define labeling requirements and health supplements claims.