Amended Consumer Protection Safety Regulations to be Effective from 15 January 2018

  • Date
    15 Jan 2018
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  • Reference Number NR/01/2018

1. SPRING Singapore’s consumer protection safety regulations have been amended and will come into effect from 15 January 2018. The two regulations are:

  1. Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Regulations (CPSR); and
  2. Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (Conformity Assessment) Regulations (SPIBR).

The amended regulations take into consideration new products and technologies that have been introduced into the market. For newly classified Controlled Goods, suppliers have a one-year grace period till 14 January 2019 to comply with the amended regulations.

2. Prior to the amendments, SPRING conducted a month-long public consultation in August last year to gather feedback on the proposed amendments. Respondents were generally supportive of the proposed amendments under the two regulations. SPRING would like to thank all members of the public who have participated in the public consultation exercise.

    Summary of Changes to the Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Regulations

  1. Broadened scope of Controlled Goods regulated under CPSR to cover new products such as hair straighteners, stylers, and curlers.
  2. Streamlined categories and removed obsolete products, resulting in the reduction in the product categories of Controlled Goods from 45 to 33. (Refer to Annex A for new classification of Controlled Goods).
  3. Adopted a tiered-risk conformity assessment framework:
      . Under the amended regulations, suppliers of Controlled Goods classified as low-risk, no longer have to approach a Conformity Assessment Body to obtain a Certificate of Conformity. Instead, suppliers of these goods are to submit a declaration that these Controlled Goods comply with the safety requirements through the Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity (SDoC). The SDoC is to be submitted to SPRING for registration. (Refer to Annex B for the risk classification of Controlled Goods).

      . There are no changes for suppliers selling medium- and high-risk Controlled Goods. Suppliers of Controlled Goods that fall into the medium- and high-risk categories must continue to obtain a Certificate of Conformity from a Conformity Assessment Body. (Refer to Annex C for new conformity assessment framework and registration process of Controlled Goods).

  4. Summary of Change to the Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (Conformity Assessment) Regulations

  5. Accept a Certificate of Conformity issued by a Conformity Assessment Body in the European Union. A Certificate of Conformity issued by a SPRING-designated Conformity Assessment Body, located in countries that are parties to the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA)1 will now be accepted for registration of Controlled Goods.

3. SPRING administers the CPSR whereby the new 33 categories of household electrical, electronic and gas appliances and accessories, also known as Controlled Goods, have to meet the specified safety standards, be registered with SPRING, and affixed with the SAFETY Mark before they can be supplied, displayed and/or advertised in Singapore. SPRING conducts regular checks on suppliers as part of market surveillance to ensure the safety of these Controlled Goods. Any person found guilty of selling unregistered Controlled Goods, is liable upon conviction, to a fine not exceeding S$10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.

4. In addition, under the SPIBR, SPRING is empowered to designate third-party testing laboratories and certification bodies to perform safety testing and certification of Controlled Goods on behalf of SPRING.

5. For further details on the regulations, visit www.spring.gov.sg/safety.


1 The Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Singapore (EUSFTA) is the first bilateral FTA concluded between the EU and an ASEAN country. The EUSFTA is a comprehensive agreement covering market access for goods, trade remedies, customs & trade facilitation, trade in services and establishment, intellectual property rights, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, government procurement, competition policy, sustainable development and dispute settlement mechanism. (Source: Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore)

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