Permits & Passes
Importation & sale of chewing gum with therapeutic value
response to media reports, the Singapore Ministry of
Trade & Industry would like to issue the
US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (USSFTA), Singapore
agreed to allow the importation of chewing gum with
therapeutic value for sale and supply, and may
subject such products to laws and regulations
relating to health products. The provision is not
intended to overturn the ban on chewing gum.
negotiations over the USSFTA were substantively
concluded in Nov 2002, Chief Negotiator
Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh informed the media that
gums with therapeutic value would be allowed for sale
through prescription by doctors and dentists.
Wrigley applied for some of their products to be sold
by pharmacists over the counter. Singapore considered
this request and agreed that Orbit and Orbit White
can be sold by pharmacists over the counter, subject
to the condition that buyers' particulars are
(containing calcium lactate and xylitol) is a dental
hygiene product, while Orbit White (containing sodium
hexametaphosphate) is a tooth whitening product.
regulations applicable to medicinal products approved
for sale by pharmacists over the counter would also
apply to Orbit and Orbit White. In particular, the
packaging and advertising for both products must
pertain only to therapeutic, not recreational use,
and must match the approved claims. Advertisements
will require a permit from health regulatory
prevent gum litter from becoming a serious problem
again, Singapore will be introducing stiffer
penalties for littering involving the indiscriminate
disposal of used gum.
Ministry of Trade & Industry Press Release 12 Jul
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