Legislation And Guidelines

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This page contains the list of Legislative Acts under the purview of the Ministry of Health. These Acts regulate public health and safety, including the healthcare profession, healthcare practices / establishments as well as statutory boards charged with these responsibilities.



In this section, you will find a list of these Acts grouped according to the areas / issues that they regulate, as well as links to the complete texts on Singapore Statutes Online.

Acts concerning diseases and other medical conditions

  • Infectious Diseases ActThe Infectious Diseases Act (IDA) is the principle legislation for the prevention and control of infectious diseases in Singapore. It was enacted in 1976 and is jointly administered by the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency (NEA).

    The IDA empowers the Director of Medical Services, MOH and the Director-General of Public Health, NEA to implement measures necessary to control outbreaks in Singapore and prevent the introduction of infectious diseases into the country.

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Infectious Diseases Guidelines

The National Registry of Diseases Act

The National Registry of Diseases Act was passed to establish the National Registry of Diseases and to provide for the compilation of information on the incidence of certain diseases for use as a basis for the direction of programmes for disease prevention and control, and for purposes connected therewith.

Acts concerning medical practices and research

  • Advance Medical Directive Act
    The Advance Medical Directive (AMD) Act allows Singaporeans to make an Advance Medical Directive (AMD). An AMD is a legal document that you sign in advance to inform the doctor treating you (in the event you become terminally ill and unconscious) that you do not want any extraordinary life-sustaining treatment used to prolong your life. Making an AMD is a voluntary decision. It is entirely up to you whether you wish to make an AMD.
  • Human Biomedical Research Act
    The Human Biomedical Research Act serves to regulate the conduct of human biomedical research, to further regulate certain restricted human biomedical research, to prohibit certain types of human biomedical research, to regulate tissue banks and tissue banking activities, to prohibit commercial trading of human tissue, to provide for matters connected therewith and to make related amendments to certain other Acts.
  • Human Cloning and Other Prohibited Practices Act
    The Human Cloning and Other Prohibited Practices Act, bans reproductive human cloning research activities in Singapore. The Acts also prevents collaboration with overseas parties in unethical human cloning research activities, repugnant experimentations, and the commercial trading of eggs, sperm or embryos.
  • Human Organ Transplant Act
    The Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA) allows for the kidneys, heart, liver and corneas to be removed in the event of death from any cause for the purpose of transplantation.

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