December 1, 2016 — The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), which is Nigeria’s equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to launch mobile testing laboratories with the goal of reducing the circulation of fake and counterfeit products in Nigeria.
This information was disclosed during a stakeholders meeting in Minna, Niger State. Speaking on behalf of the Director General of the Agency, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh stated that officials of the agency are currently researching to see how they can property structure the operation of the mobile laboratories.
“…..we have being to China to see how the mobile testing van was being operated. So we are making arrangements and considering our terrain to see how it will work in Nigeria. We are hopeful that after our study we are going to use the mobile van to tackle fake and counterfeit products”, he said
The mobile testing laboratories will look more like a motor home and they are expected to cruise around testing packaged water, drugs, farm produce and other items ensuring the safety of consumers.
It is unclear if this service will be offered to the public for free or at a cost.