Regulations, Guidelines and Circulars

21 Jan 2022

31 Dec 2021

MH 78:44/1

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PHASE 1 REGULATIONS UNDER THE HEALTHCARE SERVICES ACT (HCSA) 

This circular informs all Licensees under the Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act (PHMCA) and Private Ambulance Operators on the implementation of the Phase 1 HCSA Regulations.

2. The HCSA was enacted in January 2020 to replace the current PHMCA with a more flexible and modular services-based licensing regime, and to enhance patient welfare, safety, and continuity of care. The HCSA will be implemented for Licensees in three phases, outlined in Annex A. In the interim, existing PHMCA Licensees not rolled over into HCSA will continue to be subject to the prevailing Regulations and requirements under the PHMCA.

3. The Regulations to be implemented under Phase 1 of HCSA, which will take effect from 3 January 2022, are as follows:

a) Applicable to all HCSA Phase 1 Licensees
I. General Regulations;
II. Fees Regulations;
III. Advertisement Regulations;

b) Applicable to Licensees providing the following licensable healthcare services under the HCSA
I. Emergency Ambulance and Medical Transport Service Regulations;
II. Clinical Laboratory and Radiological Service Regulations;
III. Nuclear Medicine Imaging and Assay Service Regulations;
IV. Blood Banking Service Regulations; and
V. Cord Blood Banking Service Regulations.

4. All HCSA Licensees will then be subject to the General Regulations, the Fees Regulations, the Advertisement Regulations, Code of Practice for Key Officeholders, and the relevant service Regulation(s) for the licensable healthcare service(s) they provide. A copy of the Regulations and the Code of Practice can be found at www.HCSA.sg from 3 January 2022.

5. Please refer to www.HCSA.sg for the latest information on the transition from PHMCA to HCSA, the various HCSA regulations, and other latest updates and resources. Should you require further clarification, please email us at HCSA_enquiries@moh.gov.sg.

Thank you.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR KENNETH MAK
DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL SERVICES
MINISTRY OF HEALTH




The full document (including Annex A) can be downloaded below:
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