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Posted on Thu 1 Sep 2016


The National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Now Enforces Mandatory Foreign Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Inspection Before Granting Marketing Authorization.

The NAFDAC recently issued a Notice dated July 22, 2016 informing all stakeholders that henceforth, all foreign manufacturing facilities will be inspected by the NAFDAC to ensure compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), prior to issuance of a Marketing Authorisation (i.e. Certificate of Registration). This is a departure from the previous practice where inspections were usually conducted following registration of a product.

Further, all holders of subsisting certificates of registration for NAFDAC imported regulated products whose manufacturing facilities have not been inspected and approved by NAFDAC are required to resubmit their application for inspection for manufacturer’s facility to NAFDAC within three (3) months (22nd October 2016), failing which they face the risk of having their registration certificate(s) cancelled or withdrawn.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Confiscates Counterfeit Products

In line with its mandate to rid the country of counterfeit/unwholesome food and drug products, operatives of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) recently confiscated a trailer load of counterfeit drugs and chemicals in Lagos, which is the major commercial state in Nigeria.

The truck was alleged to be loaded with 570 cartons of unregistered Dr. Relly Extra (Paracetamol, Diclofenac and Caffeine tablets), 448 cartons of Dicloforte 550, 273 cartons of Chlorophenamine (Chlorpheniramine maleate 4mg), five cartons of Kdmotil (Loperamide Hydrochloride tablets), 18 cartons of Newdol (Diclofenac sodium capsules 50mg), 51 cartons of Bospan, 25 cartons of Tramadol 225mg/200mg, 10 drums of Toluene disocyanate 80/20 (TDI), 10 drums of Malachite Green powder and five drums of Methylviolate crystal.

The counterfeit products were allegedly concealed in bundles of fairly-used clothes, food products and other registered products.

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