1. Brief History of the Biological Agents and Toxins Act

The making of the Biological Agents and Toxins Act (BATA) 2005 took into consideration, recommendations from the National Biosafety Committee and its Technical Working Committees, that were set up to provide recommendations to MOH regarding issues related to the BATA. They are represented by related government agencies and key industry players, which include the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Manpower, Agency of Science Technology And Research, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore, Health Sciences Authority, Defence Science & Technology Agency, National Environment Agency, JTC Corporation, Singapore General Hospital, DSO National Laboratories, Nanyang Technological University, Communicable Disease Centre, National University of Singapore, Genetic Modification Advisory Committee and the Health Science Authority.

The Biological Agents and Toxins Act (BATA) was first read on the 19 September 2005 as Bill No 26/2005 published on 20 September 2005 and came into force on 03 January 2006.

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2. Legislation

  1. Introduction to the Biological Agents and Toxins Act

    The Ministry of Health (MOH) introduced the Biological Agents and Toxins Act in October 2005 and enacted in January 2006 to regulate the possession, use, import, transfer and transportation of biological agents and toxins that are known to be hazardous to human health. The legislation will provide for the safe practices and security in the handling of such agents and toxins.

  2. Biological Agents and Toxins Act

    An Act to prohibit or otherwise regulate the possession, use, import, transhipment, transfer and transportation of biological agents, inactivated biological agents and toxins, and to provide for safe practices in the handling of such biological agents and toxins.

    Click here to view the Biological Agents and Toxins Act.

  3. Controls

    The biological agents and toxins are classified into different schedules which define the requirements that are needed for possessing, handling, working and transporting the biological agent/toxin.

     Table of Controls for the 5 schedules.pdf

  4. Protected Areas and Protected Places Act

    Facilities who wants to possess or work with Schedule 1 Part II, Schedule 2 biological agents and Schedule 5 toxins are required to have their facilities gazetted as a protected place under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act, administered by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

    Click here to view the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act.

  5. FAQ

    Click here to view the FAQ.

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3. BATA Transportation Regulation

  1. Scope of the Biological Agents and Toxins Act (Transportation) Regulation
    The Biological Agents and Toxins (Transportation) Regulation apply in relation to the transportation in Singapore of -
    1. any First Schedule biological agent;
    2. any Second Schedule Biological agent;
    3. any Third Schedule biological agent in quantities aggregating 10 litres or more carried on any conveyance at any one time;
    4. any Fifth Schedule toxin 
  2. BATA (Transportation Regulation)

     Biological Agents and Toxins Act Transport Regulation.pdf

  3. FAQ

    Click here to go to the FAQ- Transportation.

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4. BATA Subsidiary Legislation / Orders

  1. Biological Agents and Toxins Act (Amendment of First Schedule) Order 2017
  2. Biological Agents and Toxins Act (Amendment of First, Second, Fifth and Eight Schedules) Order 2015
  3. Biological Agents and Toxins Act (Amendment of First and Fifth Schedules) Order 2011
  4. Biological Agents and Toxins Act (Amendment of First and Second Schedules) Order 2009
  5. Biological Agents and Toxins (Exemption) Regulations 2009
  6. BATA (Proficiency Testing) Regulations 2008
  7. Biological Agents and Toxins Act (Amendment of First Schedule) Order 2007.pdf 
  8. BATA (Amendment of First and Fifth Schedules) Order 2006  

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5. MOH Circulars

  1. MOH Circular 10/2013: Interim Biosafety Advisory for Handling and Processing Samples Associated with Novel Coronavirus and Influenza A Subtype H7 Virus  
  2. MOH Circular on Proper Use of Respiratory Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  3. MOH Circular 100/2009: Update on the Interim Biosafety Guidelines For Laboratory Workers Working with the Novel H1N1 Influenza A Virus
  4. MOH Circular 57/2009: Interim Biosafety Guidelines For Laboratory Workers Diagnosing Influenza H1N1-2009 And Emerging Viral Infections With Unknown Risk
  5. MOH Circular on Interpretation of Diagnosis

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