Singapore import fees slashed for certain medical devices

Regulators in Singapore cut back fees for imported medical devices, by about half in some cases, in a bid to boost access to vital equipment by making them quicker to obtain. As reported by Channel NewsAsia, the Health Sciences Authority chopped fees for devices brought into Singapore under the country's Special Authorization Routes provision to between S$150 ($120) and S$350 ($280), instead of a set S$500 ($401). The SAR provision lets licensed importers and healthcare professionals import unregistered medical devices if they can't find a registered alternative, the story notes. Earlier this year, the HSA cut back the approval time frame for Class A devices and registration costs for Class B medical devices. Story