The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), was established by Decree No 15 of 1993 (as amended), now Act CAP. N1, Laws of Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004, to control and regulate the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, advertisement, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and packaged water including all drinks (referred to as regulated products).
In accordance with the enabling laws, NAFDAC is authorised to:
• Regulate and control the importation, exportation, manufacture, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of regulated products.
• Conduct appropriate tests and ensure compliance with standard specifications.
• Undertake appropriate investigation of the production premises and raw materials of regulated products.
• Compile standard specifications, regulations, and guidelines for the production, importation, exportation, sale and distribution of regulated products.
• Control the exportation and issue quality certification of regulated products intended for export.
• Establish and maintain relevant laboratories for the performance of its functions.
• Ensure that the use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances are limited to medical and scientific use only.
• Undertake the registration of food, drugs, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals.
• Undertake inspection of imported regulated products.
• Pronounce on the quality and safety of regulated products after appropriate analysis.