For most entrepreneurs, SMEs and Agro and Food Processors, it is always a daunting task securing NAFDAC Certification for their Agro products and foods. This is because of the rigorous processes involved in it.
Bureaucracy is a dominant practice in our country Nigeria. It saps energy, time and resources to get any official approval from government agencies. It is always frustrating that one cannot get attention within the expected time, no matter how one frequents these offices. That is the lot of many entrepreneurs, particularly agro/food processors.
However, there are people with the right link, know-how and documents that can assist entrepreneurs in getting NAFDAC certification. With these people, NAFDAC certification is straightforward and simple.
WHY YOU NEED NAFDAC CERTIFICATION
As an entrepreneur, SMEs and an Agro and Food Processor, you need NAFDAC certification for your processed agro/food product to be certified safe for consumption.
You equally need NAFDAC CERTIFICATION for your agro products/foods so that you can export your products comfortably. Agro products/foods with NAFDAC certification are as a matter of fact foods that have gone through various processes of production and packaging, after which they are certified to be safe for human consumption.
Those foods that do not meet up to expectation are not being issued NAFDAC certification number.
THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR NAFDAC CERTIFICATION
- Application (it is on single product basis)
- Written application stating name of manufacturer and name (and brand, if applicable) of product
- Completed NAFDAC application form (Form D-REG/001)
- Certificate of Incorporation with the Corporate Affairs Commission, if a company
- Five (5) copies of the product dossier
- Three (3) packs of the products samples
- Notarised original copy of the duly executed Power of Attorney from the product manufacturer (imported product)
- Certificate of Manufacture issued by the competent health or regulatory authority in country of origin and authenticated by the Nigerian Mission in that country (if foreign import). Where there is no Nigerian mission, The British High Commission or an ECOWAS country Mission will authenticate.
- If contract-manufactured, Contract Manufacturing Agreement, properly executed and notarized by a Notary Public in the country of manufacture
- Current World Health Organisation Good Manufacturing Practice Certificate for the manufacturer, authenticated by the Nigerian Mission
- Certificate of Registration of brand name with trademark registry in the Ministry of Commerce here in Nigeria
- Suitable location for your business
- Evidence of clean production and packaging environment
- Company’s Standard Operative Procedures (SOP)
- The basic NAFDAC registration fee, it is payable only if documents are confirmed to be satisfactory