Singapore adds controls to certain mercury-added medical devices under EPMA

Singapore adds certain medical devices to the control list of Mercury-Added Products under the Environmental Protection and Management Act (“EPMA”).

From 1 January 2020 onwards, the manufacturing, import and export of the following mercury-added medical devices will not be allowed:

•                    Barometers
•                    Hygrometers
•                    Manometers
•                    Thermometers
•                    Sphygmomanometers

The exceptions are installed large scale equipment or equipment used for high precision measurements, where there are no non-mercury alternatives available in the market.

The importation and sale of new mercury clinical thermometers for local use in Singapore have not been allowed since 1 July 2009.

More details can be found in the Singapore customs website in this link:

http://www.customs.gov.sg/-/media/cus/files/circulars/ca/2019/nea-pcd-hs-circular-for-mercury-added-products_14112019.pdf