Singapore Food Agency and Animal & Veterinary Service

FORMATION OF THE SINGAPORE FOOD AGENCY AND THE ANIMAL & VETERINARY SERVICE

In July 2018, the Government announced that the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) will be formed on 1 April 2019. The SFA will replace the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) to oversee Singapore’s food safety and security. Concurrently, all non-food plant and animal related functions of AVA will be transferred to the National Parks Board (NParks). NParks will be the lead agency for animal and wildlife management, as well as animal and plant health.

The SFA will serve as the single point of contact for public feedback on food-related issues, and strengthen management of foodborne disease outbreaks to protect public health. The SFA will also facilitate more business-friendly regulations with oversight of all food safety policies and consolidation of food laboratory capabilities to deepen competencies in food diagnostics, and research and development in food safety.

A new Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) under NParks will be the main touch-point on animal health and animal-related issues for pet owners and businesses, as well as animal welfare groups. 

Services

With effect from 1 April 2019, all food-related services currently under AVA will be provided by SFA. All non-food related animal, plant and wildlife management services will be provided by NParks/AVS. The detailed list of services is at Annex A

The AVA service counter at JEM Office Tower will be closed after 31 Mar 2019. Please see Annex B for details on the new SFA and NParks/AVS service counters and hotlines.

All existing licences issued by AVA will remain valid until the stated expiry date.  

AVA will continue to carry out our existing functions and there will be no changes to AVA’s operations from now until 31 March 2019. We remain committed to working closely with our stakeholders and industry partners to ensure a smooth transition.

 

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