National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Tuesday sensitised producers and marketers of its new online products and company registrations.
The Oyo State Coordinator, NAFDAC, Matthew Adeoye, said during a stakeholders’ meeting in Ibadan that NAFDAC Automated Products Administration and Monitoring System (NAPAMS) offered significant reduction on the timeline for registration.
Adeoye said that the online registration was part of the Agency’s efforts to facilitate faster processes and remove bottlenecks associated with traveling for follow-ups.
“NAPAMS provides a medium for the application for products registration with NAFDAC and data capture of all existing and current products it has approved.
“It also offers stage-by-stage status feedback to applicants regarding update on the application.
“The process is seamless that an applicant can monitor (online) all the processes from registration, payment, status/stages of registered product at the applicant’s zone due to decentralisation ,” he said.
Also, Mrs Roseline Ajayi, Director, NAFDAC South West Zonal Office, Ibadan, said the meeting sought to interact and update the stakeholders on the direction of the agency and to clarify issues with navigating the portal.
Ajayi said that product quality, safety and wholesomeness must not be neglected due to the country’s current economic crises.
“We are all witnesses to the current economic crises and the consequential threats to business stability.
“While this experience has become a serious concern, the quality, safety and wholesomeness of regulated products cannot be negotiated,” she said.
Ajayi said that the agency would ensure continuous engagement with stakeholders, as it recognised the need for interaction with the different stakeholders at all the levels either at national, state and grassroot.
“Today, our focus is on the water and bakery sectors. These sectors constitute the highest number of the agency’s stakeholders and their members are engaged in the provision of the basic needs of life.
“Water and bread are two household commodities that are essential for life hence, they are not sectors to ignore.
“The agency’s mandate as detailed in the enabling law is to regulate and control all activities, importation, production, advertisement, distribution, sales and use of regulated products.
“This is why we all have a common interest of ensuring that both the regulator and the regulated have understanding of the dynamics of the regulatory environment,” she said.
Responding, Mr Oladejo Adegboyega, the Chairman, Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP),Oyo State Chapter, expressed the stakeholders’ readiness to support the agency in its quest to ensure production, supply and distribution of quality products in Nigeria. (NAN)