NAFDAC has finally allayed public fears and misconceptions on the processes of documentation and registration of locally produced products.
This was done at a programm tagged Nafdac Product Registration Outreach, NaPRO yesterday in Abuja.
According to the Director Registration and Regulation Affairs of the agency, Dr. Monica Eimunjeze who also represented the DG, she said that the product registration outreach is an initiative of the Small business support desk OF NAFDAC.
The aim is to enlighten small businesses and small and medium scale entrepreneurs on the process to get their products registered by the agency, she said.
‘’We want to bridge the gap for people to have a better understanding of the NAFDAC requirement for registration so that there will be a better enlightened on what to do to get their products registered.’’
‘’We have the prime responsibility for ensuring the quality of of NAFDAC regulated products. But we do appreciate that in order to build small business they have to understand our processes so that their products can meet the standard. So whether you are talking about product label, composition, and facility we provide an enquiry point and a resource where they can come and get clarification.’’
According to her, the public have to know what they need to do to submit their documents, the minimum requirements on their label, what must exist in your facility and other things, adding that once people know how to prepare the package for submission it now likely to be a smoother process because they have understood what the requirements are, and this would deter people from counterfeiting.
The Director R&R who told newsmen that NAFDAC has so far convicted 12 people for counterfeiting offences disclosed that given the proper documentation of products, it takes only 90 days to have products registered.
Mr Chris Ofoani a Director in the agency in his welcome said that NaPRO was designed to actively engage stakeholders and NAFDAC to understand what they need to do for product registration and to allay their fears and how to overcome them and to eliminate all the bottlenecks in product registration.