• Singapore Product Labeling Requirements: An Overview

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    Planning to import or sell products in Singapore? In this guide, we cover labeling requirements for a wide array of consumer products. This includes clothing and textiles labels, children’s product labels, electronics labels, furniture labels, and more.

    Clothing & Textiles Labeling (UPDATE)

    The Consumer Protection (CGSR) Regulations aim at protecting users from unsafe general consumer goods, which include clothing and textiles products. You can read more about the regulation on this website.

    In order to reduce the impact of unsafe products, the CGSR focuses on the use of international standards and post-market actions such as market surveillance and forced recalls. Even though it is not explicitly mentioned in the regulation, ensuring product traceability is a key component of product safety.

    Additionally, importers and manufacturers can apply ASTM standards when it comes down to measurements, care symbols, and other design elements. Here we list some examples of relevant standards:

    a. ASTM D6240 / D6240M – Standard Tables of Body Measurements for Mature Men

    b. ASTM D5489 – Standard Guide for Care Symbols for Care Instructions

    Examples

    Here some examples of relevant information for the labeling of clothing and textile products:

    • Brand or Trade name of the importer or manufacturer
    • Address of the importer or manufacturer
    • Contact information of the importer or manufacturer
    • Product SKU and Batch ID
    • Material/Fiber content (ie. 100% cotton)
    • Care instructions
    • Size
    • Warning labels (if applicable)

    Note that all of this information is not necessarily mandatory.

    Children’s Products Labeling (UPDATE)

    The CGSR also covers children’s products such as childcare articles and toys. Although CGSR doesn’t explicitly specify labeling requirements for children’s products, it states that importers and manufacturers should follow the applicable international standards, and ensure the safety of the products – including traceability measures.

    Here some example of labeling information that can be used to provide sufficient information to consumers or government authorities:

    • Brand or Trade name of the importer or manufacturer
    • Address of the importer or manufacturer
    • Contact information of the importer or manufacturer
    • Product SKU or Batch ID
    • Warning labels (if applicable)

    Product Standards

    Note that international standards that are relevant for specific categories of children’s products often also cover labeling and warning requirements. Here some examples of such standards:

    a. ASTM F 963-17 – Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety

    b. ASTM F1816-97 – Standard Safety Specification for Drawstrings on Children’s Upper Outerwear

    c. EN 71-1: Mechanical and Physical Properties – Safety Requirements for Toys

    d. EN ISO 12312 – Children’s Sunglasses

    Electronics Labeling

    According to the type of electronics, different labeling requirements might apply. Below follows an overview of different electronics labels.

    CGSR (Update)

    The CGSR regulates most electronic consumer products to be sold on the Singapore market – excluding some categories of household appliances that are regulated by the Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Regulations (CPSR), as we explain in the next section.

    As for other categories of products regulated by the CGSR, it is important to include at least traceability information and relevant warnings:

    • Brand or Trade name of the importer or manufacturer
    • Address of the importer or manufacturer
    • Contact information of the importer or manufacturer
    • Product SKU or Batch ID
    • Warning labels (if applicable)

    For some categories of products, besides traceability information and warnings, specific markings are also required, such as the SAFETY Mark and the IMDA compliance label.

    SAFETY Mark

    There are 33 categories of household products that are classified as Controlled Goods, and require registration and testing in accordance with specific safety standards. Also, importers or manufacturers must affix the SAFETY Mark before placing the products in the Singaporean market.

    Importers and manufacturers should refer to the controlled goods list on the government official website to determine whether they need to register with CPSR. Here are some examples of covered products:

    • Table lamp
    • AC Adaptors
    • Decorative lighting chain
    • Haircare appliances

    The SAFETY mark consists of a “safety logo”, the words “SAFETY Mark” and a unique 8-digit certification number. Note that the SAFETY Mark shall have a height of at least 6.0 mm, while the certification number shall have a height of at least 1.6 mm. Any SAFETY Mark with a smaller dimension must be approved by the Safety Authority.

    Importers and manufacturers can follow the SAFETY mark guidelines to understand the requirements and procedures.

    IMDA Compliance Label

    The IMDA compliance label is required for telecommunication equipment such as cellphones, radios, or routers. Covered devices must comply with IMDA standards and affix the label on the surface. Here are some examples of covered products:

    • Radio devices
    • Cellphones
    • Bluetooth speakers
    • Computer laptops

    The label consists of a statement of compliance with applicable IMDA standards, and the dealer’s license number. Here is an example:

    Complies with
    IMDA Standards AB123467
    [ Dealer’s License No.]

    In addition, the label must have the following dimensions: 17 mm by 9 mm, as explained on the official website.

    Home Furniture Labeling (Update)

    The CGSR specifies that furniture, mattress, and bedding must include sufficient warnings or other relevant information to consumers.

    Here some examples of relevant information:

    • Brand or Trade name of the importer or manufacturer
    • Address of the importer or manufacturer
    • Contact information of the importer or manufacturer
    • Product SKU or Batch ID
    • Material/Fiber content (if applicable)
    • Warning labels (if applicable)

    Also, here are some applicable international standards that cover furniture’s labeling and warnings:

    a. ISO 9221 – Children’s high chair

    b. ISO 7175 – Children’s cots and folding cots for domestic use

    c. ASTM F1427 – Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bunk Beds

    d. ASTM F1912 – Standard Specification for Safety of Bean Bag Chairs and Bean Bag Covers

    Food Contact Products Labeling

    The Sale of Food Act covers food contact products such as water bottles and food containers in Singapore. The Act requires that importers and manufacturers must ensure product safety.

    The Sale of Food Act does not specify labeling requirements for food contact products, however, authorities reserve the right to recall unsafe products or products for which the label contains misleading information.

    Importers and manufacturers can follow international labeling guidelines such as ones provided by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which include the following:

    a. The words “for food contact” or its symbol

    b. Special instruction for safe and appropriate use

    c. Traceability information such as batch ID, name, address, and contact information of the importer or the manufacturer

    Finally, always according to the ASEAN guidelines, the label should be conspicuous and clearly legible.

    Cosmetics

    Cosmetic products such as skin care, lipsticks, and other personal care are covered by the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive in Singapore since 2008.

    Appendix II of the directive provides detailed labeling guidelines, including the following:

    • The name of the product and its function
    • Instructions on the use of the product
    • Full ingredient listing in descending order of weight
    • Country of manufacture
    • The contact of the company or responsible person
    • Expiry date of the product
    • Special precaution if applicable

    Medical Devices

    Medical devices are covered by the Health Product (Medical Devices) Regulation in Singapore. The regulation specifies the importer license, device registration, authority notification, and labeling requirements of medical devices.

    Here we list some information that importers and manufacturers should include on the medical device label:

    • Registration number
    • Importer’s license number (if applicable)
    • User instructions (if applicable)
    • Supplier’s contact and name details
    • Trade or brand name
    • Batch number or code
    • Expiry date or shelf life
    • Warnings or precaution (if applicable)

    All numbers, letters, and symbols used to provide any information on the label of a medical device should be legible, permanently affixed, and prominent in color, size, and positioning.

    Food

    The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) provides guidelines on food labeling, including general labeling requirements and additional labeling requirements.

    In general, all prepacked food products must comply with the general labeling requirement. Certain food products, for example, nutrition or health purpose foods should comply with additional labeling, according to the product type.

    General labeling requirements

    Importers or manufacturers must include the following information:

    • Name or description of the food
    • Statement of ingredients
    • Net quantity of food in the package
    • Contact details of the supplier
    • Country of origin

    For certain categories of food products such as eggs, fish, or milk, importers or manufacturers must include a statement, such as the following examples:

    a. This group includes eggs from laying hens as well as eggs from duck, turkey, quail, goose, gull, guinea fowl, and their products.

    b. This group also includes mollusks such as oysters, clams, scallops, and their products.

    c. This group includes milk from cows, buffaloes, or goats and their products.

    Addition labeling requirements

    Specific labeling requirements might apply depending on different types of food. Here we list some examples of additional label requirements:

    • Serving suggestions
    • Nutrition labeling
    • Advisory statements
    • Date-marking of expiry date

    For instance, foods for which importers or manufacturers claim to be the source of protein must include an acceptable nutrition information panel. You can find more information on the food labeling guidelines provided in the SFA’s website.

    FAQ

    Does Singapore require country of origin labeling?

    The CGSR, which covers most consumer products manufactured or imported in Singapore, doesn’t mention any Country of Origin requirements. However, regulations for specific categories of products might still require such information. For example, the Country of Origin label is mandatory for certain products including food, liquors, and paints.

    Note that declaring a false Country of Origin, either on the labeling, in the instructions or marketing material, is illegal, as specified on the Singapore Customs website.

    Is the CE mark accepted in Singapore?

    CE marking is only mandatory if you wish to import or manufacture products in the EU.

    In addition, there are some marking schemes in Singapore that might include requirements that are not covered by CE directives, for example, the SAFETY Mark. Therefore, importers and manufacturers should comply with the requirements in Singapore and do not expect that CE-marked products are accepted in the country by default.

    Is the WEEE symbol accepted in Singapore?

    Under the EU RoHS Directive, the WEEE symbol is used to indicate that electronic and electrical products should not be discarded as unsorted waste, and must be cycled or collected to separate facilities.

    Singapore has developed its own ecological directive for electronics, the SG-RoHS, which is adapted from the EU RoHS Directive.

    Even though the RoHS regulation enforced in Singapore doesn’t require the WEEE symbol, the list of substances regulated by the SG-RoHS is a subset of the substances regulated by the EU RoHS Directive:

    • Lead
    • Mercury
    • Cadmium
    • Hexavalent Chromium
    • Polybrominated Biphenyls
    • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers

    Thus, if your product complies with the EU RoHS, which is more restrictive, you could still add the WEEE symbol.

    Is the FCC Mark accepted in Singapore?

    FCC compliance is generally mandatory for electronic products to be sold in the US.

    That said, the FCC mark does not necessarily imply compliance with electromagnetic compatibility requirements in Singapore, such as the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).

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