Singapore Association of Pharmaceutical Industries

The Pharmaceutical Trade Association (PTA) was founded on 26 May 1966. The necessity of forming an association came about when Singapore imposed an import quota on pharmaceutical products soon after Singapore became independent. PTA made representations to the government, which finally resulted in the abolishment of the quota system.


On 19 December 1975, the Association’s name was changed to the Singapore Association of
Pharmaceutical Industries (SAPI) so as to encompass a wider spectrum of pharmaceutical related businesses into the Association, namely the trading houses, manufacturers, representative offices and pharmacies.

SAPI’s Role
As a body, SAPI:

  • Supports legislation that seeks to improve the pharmaceutical trade in Singapore.
  • Represents its members to the government on issues regarding laws/regulations that pertain to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Assists members in solving their problems in the industry like parallel imports, counterfeit products and patent infringements.
  • Promotes ethical practices in order to improve the image and credibility of the industry and SAPI members through the voluntary acceptance and adherence to the SAPI Code of Marketing Practices
  • Undertakes surveys which are of service to its members.
  • Upgrades professional skills of medical representatives and staff of member companies by organising relevant training courses.
  • Promotes goodwill, common understanding, close collaboration and rapport with the various medical and allied professional bodies.

International Affiliation
The pharmaceutical industry globally is represented by two non-governmental organisations. The prescription industry is represented worldwide by IFPMA (International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations). The OTC industry (over the counter proprietary medicines) is represented by WSMI (World Self-Medication Industry). SAPI has been a member of IFPMA since 1971.

Singapore Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (SAPI)
#02-13A/14 Manhattan House
Singapore 169876
Tel: +65 6738 0966
Fax: +65 6738 0977
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