Certification programme launched to ensure safe resumption of Mice events in Singapore

THE Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) has launched a certification programme to ensure hygiene benchmarks and safe-distancing best practices are upheld as events progressively resume in Singapore.

The SG SafeEvents Certification programme for the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (Mice) and events industry was launched on Wednesday at the Tourism Industry Conference. More details on the certification process and panel of certification bodies will be announced in May at an industry briefing.

The certification programme is based on the Technical Reference (TR) 84 "Safe event management for the Mice and events industry" that was developed by the Singapore Standards Council and overseen by Enterprise Singapore (ESG).

TR 84 provides best practices for conducting events safely and responsibly beyond complying with the government-mandated safe-management measures, and is based on the Events Industry Resilience Roadmap released by SACEOS in October 2020.

The SG SafeEvents certification will cover aspects such as risk management plans, documentation of identified hazards and necessary control measures to be implemented before and during events by organisers. Meanwhile, venue operators would need to develop routine and periodic cleaning and disinfection plans.

The certification process will also cover protocols to contain and manage emergency situations.

About 700 SG SafeEvent Ambassadors, who will play a role in the SG SafeEvent Standards requirements, have been trained under a partnership between SACEOS and NTUC Learning Hub and are ready to be deployed at events. SACEOS aims to have 1,000 ambassadors trained by mid-2021 to meet an anticipated increase in demand when more events are organised.

SACEOS president Aloysius Arlando said the certification and technical reference will provide a competitive edge for Singapore and its Mice industry in becoming a Covid-safe marketplace and Mice destination.

"Adherence to the national standards provides a mark of assurance to the industry and the global community that events organised by certified organisers (and) suppliers and held at certified venues are recognised under the programme to be safe; and the health and well-being of all involved are managed with the utmost care and consideration," he said.

Jeannie Lim, assistant chief executive, policy and planning at the Singapore Tourism Board, noted that the industry must be ready to implement safeguards and systems to ensure visitors' and the local community's well-being as Singapore welcomes more overseas visitors for larger events.

"The SG SafeEvent Standards contributes towards these efforts and we thank SACEOS and our Mice industry partners for coming together to formulate these standards during this challenging period," she said.

The certification programme gives assurance that Mice and events companies have implemented the necessary measures to minimise the risk of Covid-19 infection or spread, said Choy Sauw Kook, director general (quality and excellence) at ESG.

She added that the technical reference will also boost the confidence of overseas organisers looking to organise large-scale events in Singapore, knowing that local companies will adhere to best practices in the hygiene, crowd management and emergency protocol systems developed for their events.

To learn more about the certification process, companies can register their interest for the industry briefing by emailing SACEOS at secretariat@saceos.org.sg.