Singapore: HSA removes about 2,500 illegal health product listings from e-commerce platforms


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On July 20, 2022, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) announced that it had removed over 2,500 listings of illegal health products from local e-commerce and social media platforms between January and June 2022, with over 800 listings of products eliminated during a week of intensification. monitoring between June 23 and 30.

  • Vendors and suppliers should note that healthcare products, including prescription drugs and medical devices, cannot be supplied without a valid license. A person who sells health products without a valid license or fails to comply with the terms of that license may be subject to a fine of up to SGD 50,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 2 year.
  • In addition, anyone who supplies adulterated or counterfeit health products is liable to a fine of up to SGD 100,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 3 years.

On July 20, 2022, the HSA announced that more than 2,500 listings of illegal health products had been removed from local e-commerce and social media platforms from January to June 2022.

This announcement follows HSA’s participation in Operation Pangea, a global crackdown to crack down on the online sale of illegal healthcare products. It was the 15 of the HSAe consecutive year of participation.

From June 23-30, 2022, the HSA intensified online surveillance of local e-commerce platforms and removed 800 listings of illegal health products.

The suppressed product lists include unauthorized drugs and medical devices, including unregistered diabetes drugs; unauthorized blood glucose monitoring devices; sexual enhancement products; prescription-only medicines; and products related to COVID-19.

Sellers and suppliers have been reminded not to sell prescription drugs and medical devices on e-commerce platforms, or health products that are adulterated or bear misleading claims.

The full HSA announcement can be found here.

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