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NAFDAC is the body responsible for regulation and control of the manufacture, production, importation, exportation, distribution, advertisement, sale and use of certain products in Nigeria. As long as you intend to put up these products for the consumption of the general public, you must register with NAFDAC.
There are two broad categories of products that can be registered with NAFDAC namely; food and drug. However, includes different kinds of foods, drugs, cosmetics, chemicals, medical devices, packaged water (sachet and bottled) and so on.
In order to register a product with NAFDAC, you must first critically examine the guidelines applicable to the product and fulfill all requirements and conditions attached. Afterwards, you may go online to: https://www.nafdac.gov.ng/our-services/msme/ micro or small-scale enterprises environment and click e-Registration for Registration form and Guidelines.
However, the procedure is as follows;
The documents include:
The following include the necessary steps to take before approaching NAFDAC for registration of a product:
Ensure that your business has been duly registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
Ensure that you have your trademark registration (but this is optional for micro-scale enterprises)
Design and prepare your product label/packaging material according to the relevant regulations.
Ensure that your personnel have and meet the NAFDAC requirements with respect to education, experience, good sanitation and hygiene habits as well as medical tests.
Ensure that your building or facility and equipment meet the required standards.
Ensure that all raw or packaging materials are of good quality and standard.
Yes, you have to register. NAFDAC categorizes enterprises into micro-scale, small-scale and large-scale enterprises.
A foreign company or manufacturer can only register his products through a Nigerian applicant or agent duly authorized by the foreigner to act on his behalf.
The timeline is usually within ninety (90) working days for food products and 120 working days for drug products but may exceed this stipulated time.
Yes. In order to register the product, you must first get approval from NAFDAC to import into Nigeria. You must also be armed with the necessary documents to register the imported products.
This is an enterprise with not more than five (5) employees. It must have a facility or building that is purpose-built or adapted with minimum of a designated standard room that is not open directly to any source of contamination. However, there are products that cannot be registered under this scope. These include Meat and meat products (except dried), poultry and poultry products, fish and fish products (except dried), Milk & dairy products, packaged cooked rice, beans or fresh vegetables, baked potatoes, Beverages, Packaged water.
This is an enterprise with 1 to 10 employees. Its building can be purpose built or adapted. It must also have adequate space, capacity and equipment for its intended product (s) for registration.
You can do a quick search on the NAFDAC registration portal at nafdac.gov.ng/our-services/registered-products/
Yes, the certificate has to be renewed after 5 years
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