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  • Updated: March 22, 2024

Economic hardship: NAFDAC vows to penalise sellers of unregistered products

Economic hardship: NAFDAC vows to penalise sellers of unregi

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has promised to ensure that the standard and quality of regulated products are not compromised despite the prevailing economic hardship being experienced across the country, adding that sellers of unregistered products would be sanctioned. 

The assurance was given by the NAFDAC South-West Coordinator, Roseline Ajayi, during a one-day stakeholders’ interactive meeting organised by the agency in Akure, Ondo State.

He said that the Director General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeleye, had introduced some measures as intervention to ease the burden on the agency’s stakeholders.

Ajayi stated, “It is a call on all stakeholders operating in the regulatory space to embrace and confront the dynamic nature of the business environment with a view to exploring the opportunities inherent in the challenges

“It is a statement of fact that the business environment is experiencing several challenges including subsidy removal, unpredictable exchange rates, unstable power supply and other issues threatening business sustainability.

“However, those engaged in NAFDAC-regulated products must come to the understanding that safety, standard and quality are not negotiable

“And because of economic hardship, our DG has opened a window of three months administrative charges waivers for late renewal of the license of the stakeholders from January to the end of March.

She warned that anybody caught selling or producing unregistered products would be penalised with administrative charge.

Ajayi explained that the stakeholders’ meeting was in line with the directives of the NAFDAC DG, adding, “The purpose of this meeting is aimed at safeguarding the health of the nation.

“We want to ensure that only the right quality and safe products are made available for the consumers in the country because it’s unauthorised and a violation of the law for anybody to produce unhealthy products,” she added.

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