NAFDAC DG reiterates need to safeguard Nigerian home grown products
Director General (DG), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye has said the agency is committed to safeguarding the Nigerian home grown products in order to meet international standard.
She lamented that Nigerian homegrown products are being rejected in international markets because of substandard attached it them adding that the is charged with the responsibility to regulate and control the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, advertisement, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled and packaged water, chemicals generally referred to as regulated products.
She made the call at the lunch its programme titled Enabling Consumer Safety and Product Traceability through GS1 Standards held at Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday, adding that to easy products exportation, the Agency has reviewed the guidelines such that applicants can make submission at the NAFDAC Zonal Offices and processed at the Ports Inspection Directorate (PID) within a timeline of 28 working days. This is believed to enhance the business and generate foreign exchange into the Nigerian economy”.
She said: “To increase efficiency we have embraced fully the deployment and use of ICT in our operations. Our website has been revamped to increase transparency and we will continue to strive to build a more robust ICT platform. We have enhanced our communication mode with the use of more secured emails, with all staff activating their official NAFDAC email to ease communication with you our esteemed stakeholders as well as fostering internal communication”.
“We are fully embracing institutional regulatory reforms for sustainability and are entrenching a Quality Management System (QMS) that is making our staff think of the customer first in all its operations. This has led to certification on ISO 9001:2015 obtained on 7th June 2019. Being a customer-focused, Agency-minded business strategy, the goal has resulted in continuous improvement in overall performance in order to provide a stable foundation for entrenching a quality culture within the scope of our activities”.
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