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Andy Leck is the managing principal of Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow. Mr. Leck is recognised by the world’s leading industry and legal publications as a leader in his field. Asian Legal Business notes that he “always gives good, quick advice, [is] client-focused and has strong technical knowledge for his areas of practice”. Alongside his current role as managing principal, Mr. Leck has held several leadership positions in the Firm and externally as a leading IP practitioner. He currently serves on the International Trademark Association's Board of Directors and is a member of the Singapore Copyright Tribunal.

On 26 February 2021, the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that it is introducing a new voluntary listing of direct telemedicine service providers, to assist patients with making informed choices when selecting telemedicine service providers. According to the MOH, this scheme will be an interim measure to promote patient safety and welfare in the provision of telemedicine services, pending the upcoming regulation of telemedicine services under the new soon-to-be-implemented Healthcare Services Act.

On 26 February 2021, the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that it is introducing a new voluntary listing of direct telemedicine service providers, to assist patients with making informed choices when selecting telemedicine service providers. According to the MOH, this scheme will be an interim measure to promote patient safety and welfare in the provision of telemedicine services, pending the upcoming regulation of telemedicine services under the new soon-to-be-implemented Healthcare Services Act.

On 26 February 2021, the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that it is introducing a new voluntary listing of direct telemedicine service providers, to assist patients with making informed choices when selecting telemedicine service providers. According to the MOH, this scheme will be an interim measure to promote patient safety and welfare in the provision of telemedicine services, pending the upcoming regulation of telemedicine services under the new soon-to-be-implemented Healthcare Services Act.

Following the growing viability of meat substitutes such as plant-based meats and cultured meats, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has released an updated document detailing its requirements regarding the safety assessment of novel foods (“Safety Assessment Requirements”). This document is expected to be revised periodically as the novel food space evolves to facilitate industry safety assessments and maintain food safety standards.

In an advisory released on November 25 2020, the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) strongly cautioned medical practitioners against participating in online search engine optimisation platforms that make use of patient and feedback ratings, or buying packages from the same for the purpose of obtaining patient testimonials. Doing so may be construed as making or expressly agreeing to the use of patient testimonials in their advertising, in contravention of provisions under SMC’s Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines (ECEG) and the Handbook of Medical Ethics (“Handbook”).

After being the subject of 90 customer complaints from January 2019 to 31 August 2020, three beauty salons have signed Voluntary Compliance Agreements (“VCAs”) with the Consumers Association of Singapore (“CASE”) where they admit, and resolve to cease carrying out aggressive or misleading practices.

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) accepted voluntary undertakings from the owners and operators of the “ABC Bargain Centre,” “Valu$” and “ABC Express” retail outlets (collectively “Parties”), to cease the use of “Closing Down Sale” and “Fire Sale” advertisements from 30 September 2020. The CCCS noted that using such advertisements when firms are neither ceasing operations nor are in financial distress can constitute an unfair practice in breach of the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act (Cap. 52A) (CPFTA) as they can mislead consumers into believing that there is a price benefit, which would only be available for a limited period.