HSA should work with other agencies to check safety of health products

As a free economy, Singapore allows companies producing health supplements or equipment to import their products here.

Some of these products are touted as having health benefits but have instead caused harm to people (HSA issues health product alert after woman ends in ICU; May 15).

Currently, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) seems to act only after a product has caused harm.

Perhaps it is time for the HSA to take a more active role in ensuring that products are safe for consumers before they are distributed in Singapore.

For example, if a product claims to purify water, the HSA could work with the national water agency to check if the claim is true.

It should not wait for incidents to happen before acting.

David Soh Poh Huat

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2018, with the headline 'HSA should work with other agencies to check safety of health products'. Print Edition | Subscribe