BY CHIOMA OBINNA & BOSEDE OYELOHUNNU
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has engaged services of independent analysts in China and India to certify the quality of all products coming into the country from the two countries.
The Agency said the move is to stem importation of unregistered, fake and counterfeit products and to ensure there is greater compliance level of clients engagde in importation and exportation of regulated products.
Speaking in Lagos during a Sensitisation/Consultative Meeting with Importers of Chemicals, Cosmetics, Medical Devices and Food from China, Director-General, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii announced appointment of a China- based company, Shanghai Hanlin Laboratory Limited as an accredited NAFDAC independent analyst/coordinator in China.
He said the development was part of NAFDAC’s efforts to check the high influx of fake products into Nigeria.
Orhii warned that with the new development, all regulated products must possess Clean Report of Inspection and Analysis from the analysts before release from the Ports.
“I want to request that just like you have cooperated in the area of imported drugs, you extend your cooperation and compliance with this new development in the area of these regulated products so that only good quality and safe products are imported into the country.
“Please make adequate use of this opportunity to understand the procedure required in obtaining the Clean Report of Inspection and Analysis, CRIA, so that all your consignments from China can meet this condition,” he added.
Earlier, Director Port Inspectorate Directorate, PID, Mrs. Maureen Ebigbeyi explained that the mission was to safeguard public health by ensuring that only the right quality and safe drugs, food, chemicals, raw materials, medical devices and other regulated products are imported and exported’ as well as ensure ‘effective and efficient control of channels through which regulated products are imported and exported’.