APEC Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) Certification

Plug into more global business opportunities.  These certifications facilitate how your business can seamlessly exchange personal data across APEC member economies while respecting privacy and security.


Privacy Recognition

The APEC Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) System was designed for organisations (data processors) who process data on behalf of client organisations (data controllers), to demonstrate their ability in providing effective implementation of a controller’s privacy requirements. The PRP certification is based on 2 of the 9 principles of APEC Privacy Framework: Security Safeguards and Accountability.

Singapore recognises the APEC CBPR and PRP certifications for overseas transfers of personal data under the PDPA. This means that organisations in Singapore can easily transfer personal data to the overseas certified recipient without meeting additional requirements.

  • Template contract clause for transfers of data to overseas recipients that hold CBPR or PRP certifications can be found here
  • Learn about the announcement here

To learn more:

Who can apply?

To be eligible, your organisation must be subject to the laws of Singapore. 

Interested organisations (also known as data intermediaries) who process data on behalf of the data controllers can apply for APEC PRP. They should be either (1) formed or recognised under the laws of Singapore, or (2) resident, or having an office or a place of business, in Singapore, and in any case, not a public agency (as defined in the Personal Data Protection Act 2012). 

Upon submission of the application, the Applicant Organisation is bound by the Terms of Agreement (758.72KB) of the APEC PRP.

To apply, click here.

Certification Costs

Application fee* of $535 (inclusive of GST) is payable to IMDA.

Assessment fee, payable to the Assessment Body, ranges and depends on the size of the organisation (e.g. annual sales turnover, no. of sites, etc) and the Assessment Body you engaged. Please approach the Assessment Bodies listed in this website for a quotation to confirm the actual fee.

To encourage organisations to take up more than one certification (i.e. DPTM, CBPR and PRP), one application fee of $535 (inclusive of GST) is payable to IMDA when organisations apply for multiple certifications in a single application process.

*Application fee is waived for SMEs till 30 Jun 2021.

Assessment Body

The Assessment Body (AB) acts as an independent body to assess that an organisation’s data protection practices conform to the APEC CBPR requirements. An organisation may select any of the following five ABs:

Assessment BodyContact Person Contact No Email
BSI Group SingaporeMaryann Dejesus6270 0777Maryann.Dejesus@bsigroup.com
EPI Certification Pte LtdMay Cheow8823 3347Audit-support@epi-certification.com
ISOCert Pte Ltd

Saju S Pillai

9105 4718


Jean Poh

9475 5120 / 6659 0810


Setsco Services Pte LtdDixon Ng9795 9875 / 6895 0650ngds@setsco.com
Laura Koh6895 0659laurakoh@setsco.com
TUV SUD PSB Pte LtdLau Boon Cheng8383 8696DP_Trustmark@tuv-sud-psb.sg

PRP Certification Requirements and Support Details

The PRP certification is based on the APEC Privacy Framework which features 2 out of 9 privacy principles: Security Safeguards and Accountability.  The framework was endorsed by 21 APEC economies to promote accountable and responsible transfers of personal information between the APEC economies.  

Funding Support:

Eligible organisations can consider applying to Enterprise Singapore (ESG) to seek support for some of the costs for APEC PRP certification and consultancy services. Details on the criteria and application process can be found below:

#To help companies during this COVID-19 situation, the maximum support level has been raised from 70% to 80% till 31 December 2020.

For companies most severely impacted by COVID-19, the maximum support level may be raised to 90% on a case-by-case basis.

Professional Consultancy Services:

Organisations can refer to the List of Data Protection Service Providers if they wish to engage professional consultancy services to prepare them for the APEC PRP certification.


For questions, please refer to our FAQs.

For queries, please email Data_Protection_Certifications@imda.gov.sg or call 6377 3800.

Last updated on: 18 Jun 2020