Chemical Evaluation And Research Directorate

OVERVIEW OF CER DIRECTORATE

Chemical Evaluation & Research Directorate is one of the newest Directorates established on 7th November, 2012 following approval by the Federal Government to restructure NAFDAC into thirteen (13) Directorates.

The Directorate started its full operation on 15th April, 2013, moving to a newly allocated office and later relocated to NAFDAC office at Isolo Industrial Area.

The Directorate is structured into the following 4 Divisions and a Unit:

  • Chemical Import Control Division
  • Agro-Chemicals and Controlled Chemicals Division
  • Chemical Monitoring & Risk Assessment Division
  • Chemical Research and Review Division
  • Documentation/IT Unit

The Directorate also operates outstations in ten states namely Ogun, FCT, Rivers, Kano, Niger, Oyo, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kwara and Anambra States.

VISION:-

Safer living through sound chemical management.

MISSION:-

To safeguard public health by ensuring that only approved chemicals are manufactured, Imported, exported, distributed, sold and used in Nigeria.

GOAL: - To ensure safe use and secured handling of Chemicals in Nigeria.

 

 

FUNCTIONS OF CER DIRECTORATE

  • Regulate and control the importation, exportation, manufacture, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of chemicals;
  • Compile standard specifications and guidelines for the production, importation, exportation, sale and distribution of chemicals.
  • Control the exportation and issue quality certification of chemicals intended for export
  • Issue permits for Importation of Industrial and Laboratory chemicals.
  • Issue permit for the Importation and Clearing of Restricted, Agricultural and Controlled Chemicals.
  • Advise Federal, State and local governments, the private sector and other interested bodies regarding the quality, safety, and regulatory provisions chemicals;
  • Undertake and co-ordinate research programs on the storage, adulteration, distribution and rational use of chemicals;
  • Monitor the Risk Assessment of Chemicals
  • Issues Authorizations/Licenses to Chemical marketers.
  • Inspect warehouses for storage of chemicals.
  • Generate relevant Reports & Statistics on chemicals.
  • Investigate breach of Regulations on chemicals by companies or individuals.
  • Safeguard the health of the populace and environment by ensuring sound chemical management.
  • Ensure proper utilization of Chemicals in a manner that reduces risk to health and the environment.
  • Encourage use of Chemicals that are less harmful /hazardous
  • Strengthen collaboration with other MDAs, NGOs on life cycle management of chemicals.
  • Ensure conformity to international standards for controlled and restricted Chemicals.
  • Conduct surveillance and monitor hazardous and harmful chemicals in circulation
  • Developing and promoting standards, regulations and guidelines on the handling of chemicals
  • Investigating and inspecting premises for production, storage and use of chemicals.

CATEGORIES OF CHEMICALS UNDER CER DIRECTORATE

* GENERAL CHEMICALS (Industrial and Laboratory)

* RESTRICTED CHEMICALS:

These chemicals fall under various International Conventions and Protocols. Some of them are nationally controlled due to peculiar problems associated with them.

I.  BASEL CONVENTION- designed specifically to control trans boundary movements of hazardous waste and their disposal.

II. MONTREAL PROTOCOL: substances that deplete the ozone layer (e.g. Refrigerant gases)

III. STOCKHOLM CONVENTION on persistent organic pollutants (e.g. Aldrin, Chlordane)

IV. ROTTERDAM (PIC) CONVENTION

V. CHEMICAL WEAPON CONVENTION (CWC): (e.g. Triethanolamine)

NATIONALLY CONTROLLED CHEMICALS

These include:

  • Restricted Chemicals: These are placed under control in Nigeria because of some problems encountered with their use. Examples are Propylene Glycol, Diethylene Glycol, Calcium Carbide, Copper Sulphate, Formaldehyde and etc
  • Agrochemicals:Examples are Pesticides, Fertilizers and Growth Enhancers

DIVISIONS UNDER THE CHEMICAL EVALUATION AND RESEARCH DIRECTORATE

1. CHEMICAL IMPORT CONTROL DIVISION

The Division is responsible for:

  • Issuance of permit to import Industrial and Laboratory chemicals.
  • Evaluation of applications and relevant documents such as Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
  • Evaluation of level of usage of permits issued for Industrial and Laboratory chemicals.
  • Liaising with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on chemical management
  • Making recommendations on the possible reclassification of chemicals.
  • Strengthening the regulatory control of chemicals through development, review and harmonization of regulations, guidelines, checklists and Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs).

2. AGRO-CHEMICAL AND RESTRICTED CHEMICALS

The Division is responsible for:

  • Issuance of permit to import and clear restricted and agrochemicals.
  • Evaluation of applications and relevant documents such as Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), proforma invoice, etc
  • Monitoring the utilization of restricted and Agro-chemicals
  • Liaising with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on chemical management
  • Making recommendations on the possible reclassification of chemicals.
  • Collaboration with international chemical control organizations such as Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon, Montreal Protocol, Stockholm Convention etc.
  • Strengthening the regulatory control of chemicals through development, review and harmonization of regulations, guidelines, checklists and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

3. CHEMICAL   MONITORING AND RISK ASSESSMENTS

  • Monitoring and Assessment of chemical storage facilities.
  • Issuing of listing certificate to chemical marketers.
  • Carrying out routine/surveillance inspection for warehouse of chemical marketers, manufacturers and end-users of chemical.
  • Evaluation on the utilization of chemicals imported or locally sourced by company.
  • To ensure that all chemical marketers are licensed by the Agency.
  • To ensure that chemicals are stored in warehouses located away from residential areas.
  • To ensure that good warehousing practice (GWP) is maintained all the times.
  • Identification of hazards, the evaluation of their risks and putting in place of control measures to secure the health and safety of employees in line with the health and welfare act 2005.
  • To ensure best practice of chemical warehouse management for all commercial warehouse operators and chemical handlers in Nigeria.

4. CHEMICAL RESEARCH & REVIEW DIVISION

OVERVIEW:

The division is the Research-Arm of the Directorate established in March, 2017 geared towards the development of novel methodology for chemical safety evaluation programs.

The Division is responsible for:

  • The inspection and monitoring of Local Chemical manufacturing outfit.
  • Conducts chemical security and safety programs vis-à-vis chemical emergency response.
  • Creating and updating an effective chemical inventory management for imported and locally manufactured chemicals.
  • Periodic review of chemical regulations in consonance with international conventions (Basel convention, Stockhom convention, Rotherdam convention, Minamata convention, SAICM, GHE etc.)
  • Conducts chemical research and to partner with the industries, Academia and International organizations.

Contact Us from Mon - Friday: 08:00-16:00 GMT+1

Write Us:

NAFDAC Corporate Headquarters,

Plot 2032, Olusegun, Obasanjo Way,

Zone 7, Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria

 

Lagos Operation Office:

Plot 1, Industrial Estate, Lagos- Oshodi Apapa Express Way, Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

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