The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says it has not issued an ultimatum to manufacturers and importers to comply with the Product Authentication Mark scheme.
The Director-General of SON, Osita Aboloma said disowned the purported ultimatum said to be reported by a section of the media, saying ‘’Product Authentication Mark scheme is yet to be launched. The programme is still in the works, awaiting final approval from relevant authorities.’’
Aboloma in a statement by SON urged manufacturers and importers to disregard the purported ultimatum and noted that adequate notice would be given to stakeholders as usual before any new programme is introduced.
According to the statement, the Product Authentication Mark is conceived to empower consumers in making informed decisions on the genuineness or otherwise of SON regulated products at the point of purchase.
It is also aimed at helping brand owners fight counterfeiting and adulteration of their products as well as improves their market share and bottom line.
When introduced, according to SON, the programme is expected to complement existing quality assurance initiatives like the offshore Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) for imported products, the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) for made-in-Nigeria products and the Electronic Products Registration Scheme.
The statement assured stakeholders of SON‘s commitment to promoting consumer safety, value for money, product competitiveness as well as ensuring a level playing field for locally manufactured and imported products, in line with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) requirements.