Singapore: Health Sciences Authority issues update on products found by overseas regulators to contain potent ingredients

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As of 12 January 2024, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has provided an update on products identified and reported by overseas regulators to contain prohibited potent ingredients that could lead to harmful side effects.

  • The HSA is committed to safeguarding local consumers against harmful health products from overseas and online sources. In addition to monitoring health products found in the local market, the HSA closely monitors overseas enforcement actions. Updates are then issued to consumers on products that may pose a risk to public health. The HSA’s vigilance extends to noncompliant health products in other countries, as they may pose potential risks in Singapore, such as negative publicity and a perception that the health products are adulterated.
  • It is important for sellers and suppliers of health products to understand that the supply of adulterated health products in Singapore can result in a fine of up to SGD 100,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.

The HSA has compiled a comprehensive list of health products reported by overseas health regulators, including those in Malaysia, Canada, the USA, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, and Hong Kong.

The prohibited potent ingredients were found in a range of health products, from sexual wellness to cosmetic products. The HSA has also outlined potential side effects of these ingredients. The full list of health products and their respective side effects can be found here.

The HSA advises the public to refrain from purchasing these products overseas and to exercise caution when buying health products online or from unfamiliar sources, especially those originating from overseas. Consumers are also warned to be wary of products making exaggerated claims or guaranteeing quick and miraculous results, such as “100% safe” or “no side effects”.

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