NAFDAC – DO IT YOURSELF Guidelines to Register MSME Products
This article will explain in detail the NAFDAC Guidelines to Register MSME Products Without Middlemen.
Here, you will learn all you need to get a NAFDAC registration number. However, the article will talk about NAFDAC, its functions, and its cost.
To understand better the purpose of this article, we need to know what NAFDAC is and how they operate.
NAFDAC is a Nigerian regulatory agency responsible for regulating and controlling the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, advertisement, sale, and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, chemicals, and detergents in Nigeria.
In order to ensure that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) engaged in these activities are operating in compliance with NAFDAC regulations, the agency has established guidelines for the registration of MSMEs.
To register with NAFDAC as an MSME, the first thing is to determine the appropriate category for your business. NAFDAC classifies MSMEs into three categories: Micro, Cottage, and Kitchen scale.
Micro enterprises are those with a turnover of less than NGN 5 million per year, cottage enterprises have a turnover between NGN 5 million and NGN 50 million per year, and kitchen scale enterprises have a turnover between NGN 50 million and NGN 100 million per year.
Once you have determined the appropriate category for your business, you will need to complete the necessary registration forms and provide the required documents.
These may include proof of business ownership, proof of product quality, and proof of compliance with relevant regulations. You may also need to pay a registration fee.
All processes will be analyzed in simple terms below.
It is important to note that NAFDAC registration is not a one-time process. MSMEs are required to renew their registration annually, and may also be subject to periodic inspections and audits to ensure ongoing compliance.
By following these guidelines and complying with NAFDAC regulations, MSMEs can help ensure the safety and quality of the products they manufacture, import, or sell, and protect the health and well-being of Nigerian consumers.
What is the full meaning of NAFDAC
The full meaning of NAFDAC is “National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control”.
FUNCTIONS OF NAFDAC
The functions of NAFDAC as provided in the enabling law that establishes it is to:
The functions of NAFDAC as provided in the enabling law that establishes it is to:
- Advice Governments, the private sector, and other interested bodies regarding the quality, safety, and regulatory provisions on regulated products.
- Assembly such activities as are necessary or expedient for the performance of its functions.
- Compile and publish relevant data resulting from the performance of the functions of the Agency or other sources.
- Compile standard specifications regulations and guidelines for the production, importation, exportation, sales, distribution, and registration of regulated products.
- Conduct appropriate tests and ensure compliance with standard specifications designated and approved by the Council for effective control of the quality of regulated products and their raw materials as well as their production processes in factories and other establishments.
- Control the exportation and issue quality certification of products intended for export.
- Establish and maintain relevant laboratories or other institutions in strategic areas of Nigeria as may be necessary for the performance of its functions.
- Grant authorization for the import and export of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances as well as other controlled substances;
Collaborate with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in a bid to eradicate drug abuse in Nigeria.
- Issue guidelines, grant approvals, and monitor the advertisement of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water, Chemicals, and detergents.
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- Also, to liaise with relevant establishments within and outside Nigeria in pursuance of its functions.
- Manage inspection of imported regulated products and establish relevant quality assurance systems, including certification of the production sites.
- Pronounce the quality and safety of Products after appropriate analysis.
- Regulate and control the importation, exportation, manufacture, advertisement, distribution, sale, and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water, Chemicals, and detergents.
- Additionally, sponsor such national and International conferences as may be considered appropriate.
- Take measures to ensure that the use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances is limited to only medical and scientific purposes.
- Take up the registration of foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices bottled water, Chemicals, and detergents.
- Undertake appropriate investigation into the production premises and raw materials for regulated products and establish relevant quality assurance systems, including certification of the production sites and the regulated products
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Having known more about NAFDAC, now we can go to our discussion on why we are here.
What is the Meaning of MSME
It stands for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises. They are small business-sized entities. However, It is a business that can be managed by one or two-person partners, private or public limited companies.
A microenterprise is a business that has the potential to reduce the level of unemployment in a country.
According to CBN, in countries at the same levels of development as Nigeria, SMEs contribute a much higher proportion to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) than currently observed in Nigeria.
Studies by the IFC show that approx. 96% of Nigerian businesses are SMEs compared to 53% in the US and 65% in Europe.
SMEs represent about 90% of the manufacturing/industrial sector in terms of the number of enterprises.
NAFDAC MSME-regulated products are; Bread, Chips, Chin-chin, Coconut oil, Dried fish, Flour, Groundnut, Honey, Laundry starch, Liquid detergent, Palm oil, Petroleum jelly, Popcorn, Seasoning, Shea butter, Water, etc.
|Category and description of MSME
|The number of personnel
|The production area can be one standard room
|Shared facility for production with similar products
|A fifty percent (50%) discount applied
|90 working days
|6 and above
|The production area is a purpose-built facility in either a residential or industrial area
|Contract Manufacturing Agreement
|90-120 working days
NAFDAC registration of MSME Regulated Products
Kindly go to their official website HERE and go click on the micro or small-scale enterprises, then click on e-Registration for your guidelines and registration. Applicants can also pick up a copy of the guidelines and registration booklet from the NAFDAC State offices across the country.
Submission of documents
This is the step where you will have to submit the fully completed registration form you previously obtained from either their website or office. Upon submission, you will have to include the following documents with it.
- Evidence of registration with the Cooperate Affairs Commission (CAC). (Business name and Incorporation).
- Site Use Agreement if there is any.
- Evidence of trademark approval. We will advise you to get this document because it helps to protect the product/business name.
- One sample of your product with three labels.
- Fumigation certificate
- Copy of Receipt of payment for production inspection, Laboratory Analysis, and Product.
- Food handlers certificate/medical fitness certificate for production staff. However, this should include, Sputum test, stool test, Urinary test, Widal test, and Hepatitis B test.
Procedure for Payment
Applicants should be given payment advice before using the remita invoice. Before the documents are submitted, the NAFDAC desk officer reviews the application letter to determine the type of the number of products and then issues payment advice accordingly.
You can as well visit the REMITA website to generate a remita invoice, after that you need to print out a copy of the invoice.
After that, make payment through any of the commercial banks.
Visit the NAFDAC Accounts department to collect the receipt of payment. Attach a photocopy of the receipt of payment as indicated above and apply.
In booking for facility inspection, you will be given the privilege to pick the most convenient date for the inspection.
Samples of products will be collected during facility inspection and sent to the laboratory for analysis.
Note: Samples will only be taken when the inspection is satisfactory.
The products are scheduled for approval upon satisfaction of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and laboratory report.
Collection of certificate
Finally, the company will be notified to pick up their certificate.
The requirement for a product label and artwork
- Name of Product
- Net weight
- Batch number
- Manufacturing date
- Expiring date
- NAFDAC Reg No
- Allergy caution where necessary
- Disposal sign
- Storage condition
- List of ingredients
- Name of company or distributor
- Direction for use
Currently, NAFDAC does not encourage the use of middlemen/consultants to get their certificates as everything you need to know had been given out which makes the procedures simple. In addition, All NAFDAC offices are accessible and customer friendly.
All correspondence can be addressed to:
The Director-General (NAFDAC)Attn:
The Director.1. Lagos State Office of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
3/5 Apapa-Oshodi expressway, Laboratory complex Oshodi, Lagos.
Email – [email protected]
NAFDAC Corporate Headquarters,
Plot 2032, Olusegun Obasanjo way Wuse, zone 7, Abuja.
Email: [email protected]
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FSAN) Plot 1, Oshodi Apapa Expressway, Lagos.
Tel: 09060956907, 01-4609764
For Complaints: 0800-1-NAFDAC (0800-1-623322) +234(0)909-763-0506, +234(0)909-763-0507
mail: [email protected]
Conclusion on NAFDAC Guidelines to Register MSME Products Without Middlemen
In conclusion, the guidelines for the registration of MSME-regulated products serve an important purpose in ensuring the safety and effectiveness of these products.
Moreover, these guidelines provide a clear and consistent framework for the registration process, which helps to ensure that all necessary information is provided and that the products meet the necessary standards.
However, by following these guidelines, manufacturers of MSME-regulated products can be confident that their products are safe and effective, and that they have met all of the necessary requirements for regulatory approval.
This helps to ensure that consumers can trust the products they purchase and that they can use them with confidence.
Furthermore, the guidelines for the registration of MSME-regulated products are an important part of the regulatory process, and they play a vital role in ensuring the safety and effectiveness of these products.
Finally, following these guidelines, manufacturers can help to ensure that their products are of the highest quality and that they meet all of the necessary regulatory requirements.