Singapore Food Agency will be established in April 2019. The new stat board will consolidate all the food related functions from Health Sciences Authority (HSA), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA). AVA which is currently responsible for regulating food products in Singapore will cease operation. It is expected that new statutory board would better support the local food sector and help boost its efficiency.
The ACCSQ TMHS PWG has its 29th meeting last month at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Though we had hoped that the PWG could finalise the Agreements and proceed with signing by early next year, issues on the industries' readiness/capability to implement the agreed technical requirements, in particular Stability Study and Shelf Life requirements, and GMP requirements were raised, as a result, the PWG was not able to proceed further until the matters are resolved. The PWG will meet again in October 18 for further discussion. The tentative date for signing of the Agreement has now pushed back to October 2019, however we are still uncertain if the issues can be resolved by the next meeting.
The 2 Industry associations present at the product working group acknowledged that companies, especially the SME have difficulties meeting the stringent technical requirements, they are committed to upgrade the industry standards, as long as they are sufficient support in capacity building programmes.
The Singapore Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority has issued an amendment to the Food Regulation. The following are the key changes
As Singapore relies heavily on imported products, the food authority will ensure the regulations align with international practice and does not impede trade.
The 29th ACCSQ Traditional Medicines and health Supplements Product Working Group is expected to be held from 16 - 20 April 2018 at Siem Reap Cambodia. The Meeting hope to reach consensus on the ASEAN agreement on Traditional Medicines and Health Supplement. As of to date, the date for signing of the agreement has been pushed back to April 2019.
The Product Working Group’s scientific committee ATSC will be discussing on the Q&A for the Guiding Principles on Safety substantiation and Guiding Principles for Stability and Shelf life studies. The questions listed on the Q&A were consolidated from the feedback of the ASEAN governments and industry participants, who attended the trainings held in 2017. The ATSC will also be discussing on the training program for claims and claims substantiation. The training on Claims and claims substantiation is expected to be held on the 2nd half of 2018.