The Acting Director-General, National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), Mrs Yetunde Oni, said “NAFDAC is fully committed to the ease of doing business in Nigeria and the agency would not compromise standards in its drive to fast-track product registration process.
Oni said this on Monday in Abuja while reacting to comments by stakeholders at the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) 2016-2017 Reform Update.
She said the agency would hasten application and approval processes for product licensing without compromising standards and health of citizens.
“NAFDAC is fully committed to the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
We have already taken a number of steps to demonstrate this.
“However, given the peculiarity of our agency and its impact on the health of citizens, there are fundamental issues that we cannot toy with.
“We try as must as possible to ensure that we accommodate everybody while operating in line with global standards.
“So for you to register a product, the laboratory result must be satisfactory. The lab is the heartbeat of the agency and so also the facility the business is operating,” she said. However, to hasten the whole process, Oni advised Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) doing similar businesses to form clusters.
She said together, they could invest in building standard structures, which once inspected and approved, would serve every member of the cluster.