In a bid to continue the tackling of counterfeiting of products in Nigeria for her citizenry, the National Agency for Foods and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for the sampling and testing of Finished Pharmaceutical Products under the Global Fund support.
Four of NAFDAC’s laboratories in different regions of the country have been well functional and have previously obtained the ISO 17025 accreditation according to the Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni.
Mrs. Oni disclosed that the Central Drug Control Laboratory in Yaba, Lagos, is about to get World Health Organisation (WHO) pre-qualification status. She also added that after the two accreditation are obtained, the equipment will be top-notch and more effective to tackling counterfeiting in Nigeria.
In reaction to this, the Country Representative, Catholic Relief Services, Nigeria, Rebecca Hallam thanked NAFDAC and other key stakeholders for signing the agreement. She stressed that routine monitoring of the quality of Finished Pharmaceutical Products is very critical.