Veterinary Medicines and Allied Products Directorate (VMAP) is one of the five (5) newly created directorate in the Agency. The directorate, located at Yellow Fever Vaccine Laboratory building, Yaba, started operation on 11th April, 2013. VMAP also has a desk office at FCT state office, Abuja

The Special duty directorate is domiciled in the office of the Director General. The primary function of this office is to coordinate the activities of all units in the office of the Director General. This is to enable the Director General concentrate maximally on serious administrative and policy issues that require his personal attention.These units as listed below are headed by Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors and Chiefs.

Following approval for restructuring of NAFDAC for greaterefficiency, the Pharmacovigilance/Post MarketingSurveillance Directorate was created amongst others witheffect from 8th November 2012.The new Directorate is structured along PV, PMS, FDICand PHP collaboration Divisions.

The role of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FSAN) Directorate is to take all steps to ensure that food manufactured, imported, exported, distributed, sold and marketed in Nigeria meets the highest standard of Food Safety reasonably available.

  • DE&R is committed to the development and continued improvement of its QMS to ensure a robust and effective Inspectorate that will guarantee safe, effective and good quality medicinal products, cosmetics & allied products.


The Directorate is one of the three service Directorates and is involved in the day-to-day administrative matters as well as all issues affecting the workforce of the Agency to ensure efficient and effective use of human and material resources for improved productivity .

The Directorate is presently divided into 2 major divisions namely Administration and Human Resources. The Admin Division covers corporate and welfare matters whilst the Human Resources Division oversees the Appointment, Promotion, Discipline, Establishment issues as well as the Records and Registry matters.

The functions of the Administration and Human Resources Directorate are :

  • Handles staff recruitment/appointment, staff promotion, transfers and postings in the Agency.
  • Deals with complaints of staff misdemeanours/misconduct and recommends proper disciplinary actions to be taken by the Agency against erring staff.
  • Documentation of new staff, prepares staff nominal roll and issues identity cards.
  • Keeps records of all the Agency's rented and owned properties.
  • Handles insurance matters as the relate to staff and NAFDAC assets.
  • In charge of security services, environmental matters and other corporate issues.
  • Coordinates matters relating to NAFDAC Council.
  • Liaising with Ministries, Government Departments and other Agencies (MDAs)in sourcing for and collecting all establishment circulars and relevant rules and regulations guiding the conduct of government business.

The Finance and Accounts Directorate is essentially a service outfit responsible for the day-to-day administration of financial and accounting functions (source and use of funds, recording and reporting) of the Agency.

The functions of the Finance and Accounts Directorate are as follows :

  • Coordinates general day to day financial functions of the Agency.
  • Disburse funds of the Agency as approved by the management.
  • Pay all staff salaries as at when due.
  • Pay all overhead costs promptly.
  • Collects and lodge all funds due to the Agency.
  • Keep proper documentations relating to all funds collected.
  • Prepare budget estimate for the Agency.
  • Recording all the Agency?s day to day financial transactions by keeping the necessary books of accounting.
  • Prepare financial report and submit to parent and other necessary government bodies.

The functions of the Planning and Statistics Directorate are :

  • Undertake and coordinate research programmes on the storage, adulteration, distribution and rational use of food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, chemicals, detergents, drinks and bottled and packaged water.
  • Compile and publish relevant data resulting from performance of functions of the Agency.
  • Sponsor such National and International Conferences as it may consider appropriate.
  • Liaise with relevant establishments within and outside Nigeria in pursuance of the functions of the agency.
  • Develop work plan for the Agency.
  • Monitor and evaluate programmes, projects and implementation of work plan.
  • Manpower training and development including workshops, conferences and seminars.
  • Providing secretariat for senior / top management meetings, evaluation and appraisal of documents, correspondence to maintain good image of the Agency.
  • Establishment and operation of data bank and computer services/assistance to other directorates.
  • Keep records of approved development plans, projects and budgets of the Agency and their execution time schedule where specified.
  • Preparation of annual budgets and rolling plans in collaboration with Administration and finance directorate.
  • Attending trade fairs at National and International Levels in liaison with the Public Relations Unit to project the image of the Agency.
  • Coordinate Pharmacy Internship and Industrial Attachment Training programmes for the Agency.
  • Coordinates the Agency’s overseas cGMP inspections.

The functions of the Narcotics and Controlled Substances Directorate are :

  • Controls and documents the importation, distribution and use of Narcotics, Psychotropic substances and chemicals.
  • Promotes activities geared towards reduction of demand for psychoactive drugs as well as rational use of drugs in general.
  • Ensures Nigeria’s obligation under the International Drug Treaties with respect to licit transactions in Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances are fulfilled.
  • Ensures that narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances are available only for medical and scientific purposes.
  • Carry out public enlightenment and education activities on drug abuse.
  • Maintains close collaboration with the NDLEA and liaise with the United Nations Office for Drugs Control and Crime Prevention (UNODCCP).

Enforcement Directorate is responsible for the investigation, interrogation and compilation of case files in the Agency .

Charged with the responsibility for enforcing the provisions of Act. 25 of 1999. Some of this provisions include:

  • Prohibition to produce , import , manufacture , distribute, display for the purpose of sale any counterfeit , adulterated , banned , fake, substandard or expired drug or unwholesome processed food.
  • Prohibition of sale or hawking of drugs or poisons in any place not duly licensed or registered by appropriate authority.
  • Paying unscheduled visits to all ports of entry and border posts
  • Entry at any reasonable time, (if need be by force) any premises in which there is reason to believe that the provisions of the Act. are being contravened, etc.

The functions of the Enforcement Directorate are :

  • Conducting surveillance on companies and persons suspected to be violating NAFDAC’s regulations.
  • Carrying out investigations on such persons and companies.
  • Interrogation of suspects.
  • Sampling of NAFDAC regulated products to the laboratory.
  • Compilation of case files.
  • Raiding of drug hawkers.
  • Destruction of fake and spurious regulated products.
  • Co-ordination of activities of State Task forces.

The functions of the Ports Inspection Directorate are :

  • To regulate and control the importation of food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, chemicals, detergents, drinks and bottled water.
  • Screening of import documents before the issuance of pre-release stamps.
  • Bonding of unregistered NAFDAC regulated products for mandatory registration and release.
  • To undertake the inspection of imported food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, chemicals, detergents, drinks and bottled water at the ports of entry before release.
  • To undertake the inspection of imported food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, chemicals, detergents, drinks and bottled water at the ports of entry before release.
  • To control the exportation and issue quality certification (combined certificate of manufacture and free sales) of food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, chemicals, detergents, drinks and bottled water intended for export as well as issuance of Certificate of Pharmaceutical Products (COPP).
  • To compile standard specifications and guidelines for the importation and exportation of food, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, chemicals, detergents, drinks and bottled water.

The functions of the Laboratory Service Directorate are :

  • Analysis and pronouncement on quality and safety of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, detergents, chemicals and packaged water for registration purposes .
  • Analysis and pronouncement on compliance of food, drugs, and other regulated products with compendial requirements/registration status .
  • Analysis of export commodities .
  • Quality control of agrochemicals .
  • Post registration monitoring of regulated products .
  • Research on method development .
  • Investigation and pronouncement on public complaint samples .
  • Serves as reference laboratory for other Government Agencies .

e.g The Nigerian Customs Services by analyzing samples for Traffic Classification.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to identify and quantify Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

The functions of the Registration and Regulatory Affairs Directorate are :

  • Registration of drugs, foods, medical devices, cosmetics, chemicals, detergents, drinks and bottled and packaged water.
  • Formulation and periodic review of regulations to control products registration by the Agency.
  • Processes and manages all documents relating to the clinical trials of novel drugs and new chemical entities.
  • Monitors clinical trial to ensure compliance with clinical trial study protocols in order to safeguard the health and safety of the trial participants.
  • Ensures that only drugs of proven safety and efficacy are allowed to be manufactured, imported, sold or distributed in Nigeria.
  • Reviews directly or indirectly (by use of experts) published reports on clinical trials.
  • Conducts scheduled and unscheduled visits to trial sites for the purpose of audit before, during and/or after the completion of the study.
  • Development of modalities for certification of food items for export.
  • Attending and holding consultative meetings on behalf of the Agency both within and outside Nigeria.
  • Control of advertisement of regulated products.
  • Investigation of consumer complaints and post registration surveillance activities to ensure that products still meet registration standards.
  • Processing applications for global listing of supermarkets/restaurants/fast food items (GLS).
  • Coordination of foreign cGMP inspections.
  • Organizing workshops and training for staff of the Agency as well as other relevant stakeholders.


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.


Safer living through sound chemical management.


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.




  • 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.


* GENERAL CHEMICALS (Industrial and Laboratory)


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)


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


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



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).


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).


  • 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.



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.



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