Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Act, Chap 13, SPF

Administered by Singapore Police Force.

From 1 July 2007 , the Singapore Police Force (SPF) has instituted a new regulatory regime under the Arms & Explosives (Amendment) Act, Cap 13 to control the use of a select group of 15 chemicals, which are explosive precursors (i.e. ingredients which can be used to make improvised explosive devices or IEDs).

Summary of the Act

  • Regulate the use of 15 chemicals that are classified as explosive precursors.
  • The applicant will be the one directly involved in the handling of the explosive precursors.
  • It is a requirement that the holder of the license has relevant experience and knowledge in handling the explosive precursors and a register book shall be kept and maintain on the data of the explosive chemical.
  • Licence is held at the faculty level.
  • Ammonium Nitrate
  • Ammonium Perchlorate
  • Barium Nitrate
  • Guanidine Nitrate
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Potassium Chlorate
  • Potassium Nitrate
  • Potassium Nitrite
  • Potassium Perchlorate
  • Sodium Chlorate
  • Sodium Nitrate
  • Sodium Nitrite
  • Sodium Perchlorate
  • Tetranitromethane
  • Perchloric Acid
(1) Every licensee shall keep and maintain a register book which shall contain the information specified in paragraph (2).


For the purposes of paragraph (1), the register book shall contain the following information, as applicable:

  (a) the date on which any licensed explosive precursor is taken into stock, manufactured, imported, exported, sold, supplied, transferred or removed;
  (b) the number of the licence to which the licensed explosive precursor relates; 
  (c) the description, quantity and concentration of the licensed explosive precursor; 
  (d) the name, identification number (such as, NRIC number, foreign identification number, passport number or business registration number) and address of -

  1. (i) the person to whom the licensed explosive precursor is sold, supplied or transferred; or 

  2. (ii) the person from whom the licensed explosive precursor is purchased or received; and
  (e) the purpose of each transaction involving the licensed explosive precursor. 

(3) Every licensee shall keep each record contained in the register book for a period of not less than 3 years from the date the record is made.