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[S.1. 12 of 1996.]

[2nd January, 1996]


1. Prohibition of use of non-nutritive sweeteners in drugs products

(1) No person shall manufacture, import, export, advertise, sell, distribute or cause to be distributed any drug product which contains non-nutritive sweeteners.

2. Adulterated products

A drug product shall be regarded as adulterated and hazardous to health if it contains non-nutritive sweeteners.

3. Conditions for use of non-nutritive sweeteners

Without prejudice to section 1 of these Regulations, the Agency may authorise the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, distribution, advertisement and use of a registered/permitted non-nutritive sweetener for special dietary requirements and or a formulation.

4. Offence

(1) A person who contravenes a provision of these Regulations is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine of N100,000 or one year imprisonment or to both such fine and imprisonment.

(2) The Agency shall have the power to seize, confiscate, destroy or dispose of in any manner whatsoever the product containing the non-nutritive sweeteners in respect of which an offence has been committed.

5. Interpretation

In these Regulations unless the context otherwise requires-

adulterated drug” means a drug product which bears or contains non-nutritive sweeteners;

Agency” means National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control;

drug product” means any formulation of a drug used for the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of any disease disorder, abnormal physical state or the symptoms thereof, in man or in animals; disinfection or the control of vermin, insects or pests, or contraception;

non-nutritive sweetener” means any substance having non-nutritive properties, which when added to a drug product is capable of imparting sweetness to the drug product.

6. Citation

These Regulations may be cited as Non-nutritive Sweetener in Drug Products (Prohibition) Regulations.


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