Is it Necessary to Get NAFDAC Approval Before Starting

I want to know if is necessary for me to get NAFDAC number, as am starting my business at home for now

New Member Asked on November 9, 2017 in Business.
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My answer is Capital Yes!!!

You must. It is mandatory and constitutional. However, that is if you ever want your business to grow big and you are serious about it. But if you just want to start a little business and you don’t want it to grow beyond local, you don’t need to bother.

So many poisoning and food contamination would have been the order of the day if not for NAFDAC. These days that people only care about making money and not concerned how many lives are at risk during the process.

Let me tell you a super story:

NAFDAC was established by decree 15 of 1993 as amended by decree No 1999 to regulate and control importation, exportation, manufacturing, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, the target chemicals bottled water, all non as regulated product.

The importance of food and drugs to man and animal particularly is very obvious.

They need food in order to grow and sustain life. While life goes on and because of the inherent deposition to illness, the organs of the body may not always function properly. Such body dysfunction may be due to infection arising from the in take of contaminated food or water.

The Federal government duty is to keep the citizens safe and in good health. In other for safety and control of production companies, NAFDAC came as a saviour.

You need NAFDAC registration number for your products to be safe for the public. And if you are caught, it’s a crime against the law.

I hope I made a little sense sir.

Expert Consultant Answered on November 9, 2017.
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Thank you my oga at the top

So tell me what are the thing that I need to put in place before involves NAFDAC like I said am starting from home for now

New Member Answered on November 10, 2017.
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So many products are regulated by NAFDAC in Nigeria. However, the requirement for each product is categorized into two broad groups:

  • Food and
  • Drugs

Consequently, the documents you would be required to submit with your registration will depend on whether your product falls into the food or the drug category. The registration requirement also depends on if the product is imported or manufactured locally in Nigeria

Irrespective of the product you are registering, NAFDAC would only give you a registration number/certificate after your product has passed the quality and standard test carried out by the agency.


  1. Your certificate of incorporation issued by the corporate affairs commission (CAC)
  2. The certificate of inspection/recognition issued by NAFDAC.
  3. Comprehensive Certificate of analysis of the batch of product submitted for registration from the manufacturer stating name and signature of the analyst.
  4. Trade mark approval for your brand name by Federal Ministry of Commerce (where applicable).
  5. Application form forwarded to the Director stating the name of manufacturer, brand name, and product or products (as the case may be).



  1. Your certificate of incorporation issued by the corporate affairs commission (CAC)
  2. A signed and endorsed certificate of Pharmaceutical Product.
  3. Submit three samples of your product for quality analysis and inspection.
  4. Original copy of the Power of Attorney from the product manufacturer (if imported).
  5. Completed NAFDAC application form.
  6. The application letter for registration of the product.
  7. Letter of invitation from manufacturer to inspect factory abroad, full names and site of plant.

The requirements for registration of imported food or drug products include all those stated above. Other terms and conditions that you would need to meet for a successful registration of imported products include:

  1. An applicant for a manufacturer outside Nigeria must file an evidence of Power of Attorney from the manufacturer.
  2. You must provide evidence that the manufacturer of the imported food or drug product are licensed to sell such product in the country of origin and that the sale of the product does not constitute a contravention of the food laws of that country of origin.
  3. Permit to import samples.
  4. A letter of Invitation to inspect the factory abroad.
  5. The applicant must be based in Nigeria who must have a duly signed Power of Attorney from the manufacturer authorizing the Nigerian representative to act in their capacity in Nigeria and with the name of the product explicitly stated.

For more information about the NAFDAC registration procedure, requirements and their state offices visit the website at: Alternatively you could send an email to the agency at:


Expert Consultant Answered on November 11, 2017.
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