Standard Organisation of Nigeria
SON, has unveiled a new strategy known
as the Product Authentication Mark, PAM,
for checking of imported and locally made
products aimed at reducing the incidence of
substandard products in the country.
The Director General SON, Mr. Osita
Aboloma, who stated this during a
stakeholders’ workshop for the North-
Central zone, recently in Abuja, noted that
the new strategy would ensure that all
products are assured the mm/m of products
for purchase by consumers as well as tackle
cloning and production of counterfeiting
head on.
Aboloma, who was represented by
the Head, Product Authentication Mark
PAM , Mr. Usman Mohammed, noted that
the innovation by SON is to help in the
reduction of substandard products in the
country through the affixing of hologram
stickers with security features on products
certified for sale in Nigeria.
According to him, “SON through the
PAM sticker has added another layer of
Standardization and Quality control to the
manufacturing and supply chain in line with
international best practice in other parts of
the world, including Africa.
He added that part of the strategy is to
deploy PAM to thwart the unscrupulous
efforts of some manufacturers, producers
and importers, who deal in substandard
products through cloning and counterfeiting.
The Director General said consumers only
need to use a downloadable application on
smart phones to scan the code on the sticker
or send an SMS to a dedicated number to
verify if products are certified by SON and
fit for use, once PAM becomes operational
from February, 2018.
Aboloma said, “The other benefits of the
PAM as enumerated include the hologram
security feature which will help to promote
quality products and items in the market as
products of first choice by consumers because
the quality has been assured by SON as against
products that do not carry the sticker.
The PAM sticker is also geared towards
ensuring that counterfeiters and counterfeit
goods have no patronage from Consumers
thus eliminating them from Nigerian markets.
Earlier, the Head SONCAP Unit, Mr. Pious
Manji stated that SON is continually working
on ways of reducing substandard products in
the country, stressing that the introduction of
PAM is yet another innovation to add value
to already existing regiments of conformity
assessment programmes that have been put in
place over time.
He said, “These according to him
include the Mandatory Conformity
Assessment Programme MANCAP, for
locally manufactured products and the offshore
Conformity Assessment Programme
SONCAP, to checkmate the incidences of
the manufacture and import of substandard
product into the country respectively”.
Mr. Manji said the introduction of the
PAM sticker programme is the missing link
in the conformity assessment value chain
by providing a robust way of authenticating
imported and locally manufactured products
that have gone through SON’s standardization,
quality assurance and certification processes at
a glance.
He called on producers, manufacturers,
importers and consumers alike to key into
this program which is meant to assure quality,
ensure safety of lives and guarantee value for
money for all Nigerians.
According to him, “implementation  of the

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PAM sticker scheme is slated to commence in
February 2018, for products imported without
the PAM stickers they are only allowed to be in
the markets until 31st March 2018 while local
manufacturers and importers with stocks
likely to be in the market after the deadline
are advised to apply online from the SON
website”.

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