The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has launched the 2016 guidelines for its regulatory activities. The guidelines were developed through the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Path2, and UKaids for stakeholders.
Speaking during the launch in Abuja, the Acting Director General of the Agency, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, stated that the guidelines are to be used in conjunction with other relevant, and extant statutes in the country. She further stated that the guidelines provide detailed guidance to assist stakeholders with complying with NAFDAC regulations. The guidelines also specify how the Agency expects regulations to be implemented. She called on stakeholders to join hands with NAFDAC to safeguard public health.
The guidelines include; Good Pharmacovigilance Practice Guidelines 2016, Good Distribution Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Products 2016, Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Products 2016, Good Clinical Practice Guidelines 2016 and Good Practices for Pharmaceutical Quality Control Laboratories Guidelines 2016.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who spoke at the launch stated that “these guidelines place a great emphasis on quality, safety and efficacy. Judicious adherence to the provisions outlined therein will assist our stakeholders compete favorably at the global level and attract foreign earnings to Nigeria in line with the diversification efforts of the current government”. He commended NAFDAC its efforts in implementing its regulatory functions and reiterated the need for NAFDAC to continue to work in close collaboration with other health Agencies in the country in order to continuously safeguard the health of the public.
The Minister promised the speedy completion of the accreditation process of NAFDAC drug and vaccine laboratories in Yaba, Lagos by World Health Organization, (WHO) in line with the government‘s resolve to ensure self sufficiency and availability of safe and good quality products for Nigerians, and promote economic diversification.