So much happiness as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) presented an International Standards Organization certificate of accreditation to the National Agency for Drug Administration and Control laboratory in Lagos.
A statement by the U.S. Mission states that the certificate was presented by the USAID Mission Director, Stephen Haykin, to Federal Ministry of Health Director, Food and Drug Services, Dr. Mashood Lawal.
According to the statement, the NAFDAC laboratory is the fifth laboratory to be certified by ISO. The laboratory is responsible for testing the quality of vaccines and other related medical products in Nigeria.
The mission said that the manufacturing roadmap, developed by NAFDAC with USAID support would delineate quality standards for every pharmaceutical manufacturer in Nigeria, ensuring that standards are established and maintained consistently across the board and thereby assuring the reliability of the medicines produced by the manufacturers.
“Today’s accreditation and launch of the pharmaceutical manufacturing roadmap will not only avail Nigeria with the capacity to improve the quality of medicines it produces but also enables it to develop local medicines in accordance with internationally accepted standards” – Stephen Haykin reportedly said.
The statement added that the support was the latest example of USAID’s contribution to maintaining the quality of medicines in the country, noting that Nigeria was among 35 countries that received technical and financial assistance from USAID to assist regulatory authorities to safeguard the quality of medicines in the country, with a particular focus on the treatment of malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis.
NLIPW says a big congratulation to NAFDAC!