The Director General of National Agency For Food Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye has revealed that her agency is committed to strengthening its regulatory framework, to enhance efficiency and improve service delivery to all Nigerians.
She made this revelation on Tuesday in an interactive meeting with stakeholders in the Southwest Zone held at House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan.
The DG while delivering her keynote address said that the agency is saddled with the requirement that its approaches towards regulations and imbibing in international practices are aligned with global regulatory standards.
“We are charged with the responsibility to regulate and control the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, advertisement, sales and use of foods, drugs, cosmetic, medical devices, bottled and packaged water, chemical among others”.
Adeyeye highlighted some of the activities of the agency to achieve its said goal such as, administrative restructuring for effective administration, adding that some directors were redeployed to strategic positions in order to strengthen the zones and staff were transferred with input from respective directors.
“We have deployed the use of ICT in our operations and our website have been rebranded to increase transparency and quality management and documentation”.
Adeyeye posited further that the agency is currently procuring standard equipment for its laboratories in order to align it with international practices, and to ensure regulated product are of good quality, safe, efficacious and wholesome.
“The agency has doubled its efforts to reduce the incidence of substandard and falsified products as well as the smuggling and abuse of various products”.
While speaking on other measures put in place by the agency to achieve its set goal, the DG pointed out that the return of NAFDAC to the ports has restored the Agency’s key responsibility of regulating and control the importation of regulated products.
“We have restructured our various ports within the country to improve our services and we have put in place electronic submissions and verification of documents to ease import clearance”.
Adeyeye explained further that the Agency has developed regulations and guidelines to aid compliance with regulatory provisions in order to ensure effective discharge of the Agency regulatory functions.
She, however said that the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has signed the Executive Order 001(EO1) on the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment, adding that in the decentralisation of registration of certain regulated products which commenced in April 2018 was done to make approvals at zonal levels more effective and the goals of MSMEs more realistic.
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