No. S 499
Medicines Act
Chapter 176
Medicines (Traditional Medicines, Homoeopathic Medicines and other Substances) (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 1998
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 9 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 (Traditional Medicines, Homoeopathic Medicines and other Substances) (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 1998 and shall come into operation on 1st September 1999.
Amendment of paragraph 2
2.  Paragraph 2 of the Medicines (Traditional Medicines, Homoeopathic Medicines and other Substances) (Exemption) Order (O 6) is amended —
(a)by inserting, immediately before the definition of “homoeopathic medicine”, the following definitions:
“ “Chinese proprietary medicine” means any medicinal product —
(a)in tablet or capsule form for oral consumption from 1st September 1999;
(b)in tablet or capsule form for oral consumption, or in liquid form for oral consumption or external application, from 1st September 2000; and
(c)in any dosage form from 1st September 2001,
used in the system of therapeutics according to the traditional Chinese method, that is to say, any medicinal product which has been manufactures into a finished product and contains one or more active substances, all of which are derived wholly from plants, animals or minerals or a combination of any one or more of them, and the medicinal product or all of its active substances are described in the current edition of “A Dictionary of Chinese Pharmacy” <<中药大辞典>>, “The Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica” <<本草纲目>> or such other publication as may be approved by the Minister, by shall not include —
(i)any medicinal product to be injected into the human body;
(ii)any item specified in the Poisons List in the Schedule to the Poisons Act (Cap. 234); or
(iii)any medicinal product which contains as an active substance any chemically defined isolated constituent of plants, animals or minerals or a combination of any one or more of them;
“current edition”, in relation to any publication, means an edition which is current at the time the Chinese proprietary medicine in question is sold or supplied, and includes any amendment, addition or deletion made to it up to that time;”; and
(b)by deleting the definition of “traditional medicine” and substituting the following definition:
“ “traditional medicine” means any medicinal product consisting of one or more substances derived from natural sources, that is to say, plants, animals or minerals or a combination of any one or more of them, but shall not include —
(a)any medicinal product to be injected into the human body;
(b)any vaccine to be used by human beings;
(c)any product derived from human blood;
(d)any item specified in the Poisons List in the Schedule to the Poisons Act; and
(e)any Chinese proprietary medicine.”.
[G.N. No. S 465/91]
Made this 4th day of September 1998.
MOSES LEE KIM POO
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Health,
Singapore.
[PD(CPM) 6:04/1; AG/LEG/SL/176/97/1 Vol. 1]