Apr 12, 2016

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA), Singapore’s medical device market regulator, plans to change its import declaration requirements for medical devices and other healthcare products starting May 3, 2016.

The new requirements are meant to cut down on import documents for foreign manufacturers, as well as to drive import permit applicants to Singapore’s TradeNet online customs system.

The key changes include:

  • Merging four current competent authorities—the Cosmetic Control Unit, Medical Device Branch, Complementary Health Products and Health Products Regulation Group—into a single competent authority, allowing importers to declare different categories of products within just one TradeNet application.
  • Streamlining the number of HSA health product codes required for imported devices and products from seven currently down to five.
  • No longer requiring products exempt from HSA licensing and approval to be declared with HSA product codes. (Such products include cosmetics, health supplements and homeopathic medicines.)

Additional information on medical device registration and importation to Singapore can be found in our whitepaper, video overview and regulatory process chart.


  • Stewart Eisenhart