No. S 498
Medicines Act
(Chapter 176)
Medicines (Prohibition of Sale and Supply) (Amendment) Order 1998
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 30 of the Medicines Act, the Minister for Health hereby makes the following Order:
Citation and commencement
1.  This Order may be cited as the Medicines (Prohibition of Sale and Supply) (Amendment) Order 1998 and shall come into operation on 1st September 1999.
Deletion and substitution of paragraph 2
2.  Paragraph 2 of the Medicines (Prohibition of Sale and Supply) Order (O 4) is deleted and the following paragraph substituted therefor:
Definitions
2.  In this Order —
“Chinese proprietary medicine” shall have the same meaning as in the Medicines (Traditional Medicines, Homoeopathic Medicines and other Substances) (Exemption) Order (O 6);
“expiry date” means the date after which, or the month and year after the end of which, a medicinal product should not be used, or the date before which, or the month and year before the beginning of which, a medicinal product should be used.”.
New paragraph 4
3.  The Medicines (Prohibition of Sale and Supply) Order is amended by inserting, immediately after paragraph 3, the following paragraph:
Restriction on importation, sale and supply of Chinese proprietary medicine
4.—(1)  No person shall import, or sell or supply to any person, any Chinese proprietary medicine for oral consumption which contains —
(a)total aerobic microbial count of more than 105 per gram or millilitre;
(b)total yeast and mould count of more than 5 x 102 per gram or millilitre;
(c)any Escherichia coli in 1 gram or 1 millilitre;
(d)any Salmonella in 1 gram or 1 millilitre; or
(e)any Staphylococcus aureus in 1 gram or 1 millilitre,
of the Chinese proprietary medicine.
(2)  No person shall import, or sell or supply to any person, any Chinese proprietary medicine for external application which contains —
(a)total aerobic microbial count of more than 104 per gram or millilitre;
(b)total yeast and mould count of more than 5 x 102 per gram or millilitre;
(c)any Pseudomonas aeruginosa in 1 gram or 1 millilitre; or
(d)any Staphylococcus aureus in 1 gram or 1 millilitre,
of the Chinese proprietary medicine.
(3)  Sub-paragraphs (1)(a) and (b) and (2)(a) and (b) shall not apply to any Chinese proprietary medicine which contains any active substance which is derived from plants, animals or a combination thereof and which has been produced by fermentation processes.”.
[G.N. Nos. S8/93; S375/95; S261/96]

Made this 4th day of September 1998.

MOSES LEE KIM POO
Second Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Health,
Singapore.
[PD(CPM) 6:04/1; AG/LEG/SL/176/97/1 Vol 1]