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NAFDAC Anti-counterfeiting StrategiesHow we fight counterfeiters

Capacity Building

  • Upgrade of NAFDAC Laboratories and training of staff
    • Agulu Laboratory Commissioned 2010
    • ISO 17025 Certification in 2014
  • Support for local Pharmaceutical sector to build capacity to produce drugs that meet international standards thereby reducing imports
  • 4,030 local and international training of NAFDAC staff(2009-December 2014)
  • Over 6,702 overseas GMP inspection in the last 5 years
  • Post Retirement workshop for NAFDAC staff

Cutting Edge Technology


  • The TruScan is a hand-held device used for on –the-sport detection of counterfeit medicines
  • It allows regulators and Law enforcement agents to conduct field-based screening of pharmaceutical samples to quickly and accurately identify counterfeits
  • Celebrated investigative Journalist, Dan Rather, formerly, formally of CBS, was in Nigeria to see this device in use first hand. Rather’s TV documentary on the use of TRUSCAN in Nigeria won him the US EMMY Award of Excellence

Sustained Public Enlightenment

  • NAFDAC and your Health aired on NTA, FRCN, Channels TV, AIT and Ben TV in the UK and Western Europe.
  • NAFDAC number and NAFDAC Half Hour also aired on radio stations in Yola, Yenegoa, Ibadan, Awka, Kano, Calabar and Makurdi.
  • NAFDAC Consumer Safety Club in Secondary Schools
  • NAFDAC-NYSC Community Development Service (CDS) Programme
  • Infusion of Food & Drug safety in secondary school curriculum
  • Others include: Town Hall Meetings, Consultative and Advocacy visits with stakeholders

National Collaborations

  • National Collaborations with other Law Government agencies, professional bodies and civil society:
    • Others include Private sector, Civil society, Religious bodies, Traditional Rulers, Community based organizations
  • NAFDAC desk at One Stop Investment Centre (OSIC)
  • Business and Investment Forums (BIFs):
    • Nigeria-Turkey 2014
    • 3rd Nigeria-EU Business Forum 2014
    • Nigeria-Pakistani Business Forum 2014
    • Nigeria-Brazil BIF 2014
  • Trade Fairs/Expos
  • Meetings

International Collaborations

  • International Medical Products Anti-counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT)- Established, 2006, by WHO as a result of NAFDAC’s sustained advocacy for establishment of an international convention. NAFDAC served as its Vice Chair
  • Membership draws from MRAs of 194 WHO member states, INTERPOL, WCO, WTO, OECD, and WIPO
  • Nigeria (NAFDAC) became first Chair of 194 member nations of WHO’s newly created Member State Mechanism (MSM) on substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products
  • NAFDAC scientists in WHO Ebola Trial Vaccine review in Geneva
  • NAFDAC assessors in WHO Prequalification Dossier Review Panel
  • Current secondment of NAFDAC Inspector to WHO’s Inspection team( first in West Africa)

WHO Prequalification

  • NAFDAC is actively engaging the local pharmaceutical industry to work towards attaining WHO prequalification of their products
  • Benefits of WHO prequalification:
    • Access to medicines that meet unified standards of quality. Safety and efficacy for HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis etc
    • Will afford Nigerian pharmaceuticals the opportunity to participate in international biddings for drugs and other pharmaceutical products
  • Currently, SWIPHA, CHI, EVANS, and AMY & BAKER manufacturing sites have attained WHO GMP
  • First Medicals, manufacturers of auto disable syringes in Port Harcourt, Rivers Sate, have recently obtained WHO prequalification, making their products of international standard
  • Pharmaceutical Development Fund:
    • PMG-MAN working together to inject funds worth Two Hundred Billion Naira (N200,000,000,000) into the pharmaceutical industry

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