By CHIOMA OBINNA
LAGOS—National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has threatened to deal with importers and exporters of regulated products who fail to comply with regulatory processes, saying that the act had led to many products not being checked by the agency at the ports.
Mean time, the agency has acquired a mini-lab with a view to strengthening its war against counterfeit and fake drugs.
Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, at a sensitisation workshop for importers, exporters, manufacturers, courier companies, airlines and shipping companies, clearing agents among others in Lagos, frowned at the trend, vowing that the agency would clamp down on defaulters as it does not augur well for the safety and quality of products imported and exported.
He said: “It is very important for you to know that it is mandatory for importers and exporters to give pre- shipment information to the agency for import and export of all regulated products.
“As a result of this, NAFDAC is investing heavily in infrastructure and simplifying regulatory processes through automation and user- friendly processes.”
This we are doing by automating the clearing transactions for NAFDAC regulated products and also collaborating with other government agencies to harmonise safety and risk criteria.”