By Chioma Obinna & Gabriel Olawale
NATIONAL Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has upgraded its laboratories nationwide ahead of the visit by officials of World Health Organisation (WHO) this week for final inspection before probable international accreditation.
DuringÂ a tour of the NAFDAC Central Drug Control Laboratory, Yaba, and presentation of activities of the Agency in recent times, the Director General, Dr. Paul Orhii said: â€œTo make sure we keep our promise to the Nigerian people, we must have world standard laboratories like what we have here today. Laboratories that can test quality of products as well as give answers that will enable the Agency conclude registration on time.
â€œWe have completed all the requirements by the WHO and they should be coming here to re-inspect the laboratories and hopefully certify it to be world standardâ€Â Noting that all the laboratories nationwide had been upgraded, Orhii said one of the biggest laboratories of the Agency in Aguru, Anambra State had been completed and due for commissioning before the end of the year.Â He said the upgrading was also to â€œbeef up the approval of people who want to do legitimate business in the country, remove the frustration of registration processes, make registration process faster, efficient and more transparent.â€
He said the latest standard of the laboratories would enable the AgencyÂ meet the time line of 90 days as well as guarantee transparency, reduce corruption andÂ counterfeiting.
Conducting journalists around the Agencyâ€™s newly acquired building along Oshodi – Apapa Expressway, the DG revealed that the newly acquired building would be refurbished with modern technology soon. He disclosed that NAFDAC was reviewing its laws to ensure stiffer penalties. â€œWe have been able to introduce mobile authentication service of NAFDAC regulated products based on text messaging technology through GSM to detect counterfeiting medicine by consumers.