Cutting-Edge Technologies

NAFDAC is spearheading global efforts in the use of Cutting- Edge Technologies to fight counterfeiting.

TruScan (Raman Spectroscopy )

Mobile Authentication Service (SMS TEXT Messaging)

We are the first Medicines Regulatory Authority to deploy and use Truscan®, a hand held device, with resounding success at borders and within the country to detect counterfeit medicines on the spot.


The Truscan is a hand-held device used for on -the -spot detection of counterfeit medicines.

Celebrated investigative journalist, Dan Rather, formerly of CBS, was in Nigeria to see this device in use first hand.

Concept of Operations

NAFDAC Central Lab in Lagos

Develops and maintains library of medicines.

Sends updates to field units.

Collects and analyzes data from field.

Field Inspectors

Perform random and targeted inspections

Generate and sends reports.

GPHF Minilab Test Kits: We are utilizing the Global Pharma Health Fund Minilab Test Kits for speedy evaluation of medicines. It is a reliable, simple and inexpensive method for detecting counterfeit medicines.

Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) NAFDAC has launched the Mobile Authentication Service (MAS) using Short Message Service (SMS).

This technology has put the power of detecting counterfeit regulated products in the hands of more than 80 million Nigerian cell phone users.



Law Review

Reviewing NAFDAC laws to make more of a deterrent. The current law stipulates a fine of N500, 000 or 15 year jail term upon conviction. The new law seeks life term jail and confiscation of assets upon conviction, compensation for victims where the counterfeit product is found to be the proximate cause of severe bodily injury, as well as to make counterfeiting a non-bailable offence. A whistle – blower clause is also proposed

WHO Prequalification

We have actively encouraged the local pharmaceutical industry to work towards attaining WHO prequalification. WHO prequalification will facilitate access to medicines that meet unified standards of quality, safety and efficacy for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. This will afford Nigerian pharmaceutical companies the opportunity to participate in international bidding of drugs and other pharmaceutical products. This will in turn generate revenue for Nigeria and employment opportunities First Medicals, manufacturers of auto disable syringes in Port Harcourt , Rivers State, has obtained WHO prequalification for their products. This means the products have attained international standards and will promote access to quality products in the industry.


These initiatives will:


    • Play a significant role towards the growth of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Nigeria.
    • Generate employment opportunities.
    • Enable the Industry engage in research activities and provide research grants to academia.
    • Improve the nation’s economy. His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR), is fully supportive of this initiative.

Upgrading Nafdac Laboratories


On 15th October 2010, His Excellency, the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR commissioned the upgraded NAFDAC Ultra Modern Area Laboratory in Agulu, Anambra State. The laboratory was upgraded to international standards to further facilitate international and WHO accreditation of NAFDAC laboratories.


Capacity Building

This has been made a top priority through human resource capacity development, upgrade of our laboratories and continuous training of officers to strengthen our regulatory capacity. Several trainings have been undertaken in different areas with a view to building our regulatory capacity. These include:

  • GMP assessment
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Dossier evaluation
  • Quality Control
  • Food safety
  • Chemical control
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Drug demand reduction



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