Overview of product registration and other incidental matters at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control –

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is NAFDAC?

NAFDAC refers to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control which is the government regulatory agency charged with the mandate of regulating and controlling the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, advertisement, sale and use of certain products referred to as “Regulated Products”. 

What products need to be registered with NAFDAC?

Regulated Products” include foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, packaged water, chemicals, detergents.

Therefore, before any of the “Regulated Products” can be bought, manufactured, sold and distributed into the Nigerian market, it must have been registered with NAFDAC.

Can a foreign manufacturer of any of the Regulated Products apply directly to NAFDAC?

No, it cannot. Foreign Manufacturers (“FMs”) are required to register their products through Nigerian entities /persons, in whose name the product registration will be issued. FMs usually achieve this through the following methods:

  1. Incorporation of local subsidiaries in Nigeria for the purpose of registering their products with the NAFDAC;
  2. Appointment of an already existing Nigerian company (such as their local distributor) as their local agents in Nigeria; or …

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