The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has introduced online product and company registration for producers and marketers of NAFDAC-controlled and regulated products in Osun.
Assistant Director, NAFDAC, South West Zonal Office, Ibadan, Akin Fagboroye, disclosed this during a stakeholders’ meeting with products’ manufacturers and distributors in Osogbo.
He noted that the online registration was to eliminate bottlenecks and eliminate third parties in product registration process.
Mr Fagboroye explained that the online registration, which had been on for a while, was for limited and certain products, “and the online registration now covered all products controlled and regulated by NAFDAC”.
“The online registration, NAFDAC Automated Products Administration and Monitoring system (NAPAMS), is to enable manufacturers register their products easily from the comfort of their homes.
“The process has been made seamless that an applicant can monitor (online) all the process from: registration, payment, status/stages of registered product and even print out registration certificate of the product without going to NAFDAC office,” he said.
Also, Roseline Ajayi, Director, NAFDAC South West Zonal Office, Ibadan, said although the online registration was to enable easy registration of products, NAFDAC still had desk officers to attend to customers enquires and complaints.
“NAFDAC wants to advance beyond the level 3 international rating in food control and regulation and henceforth, they will be engaging in post-market surveillance.
“You will see us more on the field. Stakeholders, especially in the distribution chain, that do not have the requirements to distribute some NAFDAC regulated products should do the needful, register and get listed with NAFDAC,” she said.
She said defaulters or those that were found short of the requirements during NAFDAC’s visit to their establishments would be sanctioned appropriately.
Dr Isaac Kolawole, Osun NAFDAC State Coordinator, in his remarks, stated that the stakeholders’ meeting was part of the agency’s interactive programme to sensitise, educate and enlighten manufacturers and distributors.
He also said the meeting was to also update everyone on current issues about NAFDAC.
Mr Kolawole said NAPAMS was to enlighten stakeholders that NAFDAC had now provided an automatic e-process for product registration.
“The e-process (electronic process) would eliminate unnecessary documentation, delay in registration and also reduce unnecessary charges being levied on our stakeholders by consultants.
“Prior to the meeting, the Osun NAFDAC office has always introduced NAPAMS to stakeholders at every meeting,” he added.
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