21 Jun '11, 10am

[CNA] Thomson Medical fined for breaching licence

SINGAPORE: Thomson Medical has been fined the maximum S$20,000 after pleading guilty to breaching a condition of its Health Ministry licence some seven months after news broke about a sperm mix-up at the facility. The medical centre failed to comply with a clause which requires the assisted reproduction (AR) director to ensure suitable practices are used in carrying out AR activities, required by its licence under the Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act. Thomson Medical had processed at the same time two semen specimens inside one laminar hood - a working space where procedures are performed in a laboratory - on Jan 23 last year. The centre also failed to discard, after each step of processing, instruments known as disposable pipettes, which are used to hold liquids. Instead, the centre labelled the disposable pipettes and kept them for use in subsequent processing f...

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