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24 April 2017

The role of NAFDAC in safeguarding public health in Nigeria


Medical drugsThe National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is a Nigerian federal agency under the Federal Ministry of Health established by Decree 15 of 1993 with the purpose of preventing the circulation of illicit and counterfeit products in Nigeria under the country's health and safety law. Later amended by Decree 19 of 1999, the Agency is currently regulated under the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Act, Cap N1, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN), dating back to 2004.


NAFDAC is responsible for controlling the manufacture, import-export, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, chemicals, detergents, medical devices and packaged water. Its main goal is to raise public and international awareness on fundamental safety issues and eliminate counterfeit pharmaceuticals, food and beverages that are not manufactured in Nigeria, ensuring that available medications are safe and effective. In particular, the regulated products categories are:

  • Food
  • Drugs
  • Chemicals
  • Biochemicals
  • Medical devices
  • Cosmetics
  • Herbals
  • Veterinary

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