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WHO pre-qualification approval for NAFDAC lab

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By Mercy Kelani

This certification marked a major achievement for the agency.

The Yaba laboratory, located in Lagos State, has been granted pre-qualification approval by the World Health Organization as a Central laboratory of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). It will now serve as a Central Drug Control Laboratory (CDCL) for the agency. At a press briefing in the capital city of Abuja, on December 14, 2023, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), made the announcement of its pre-qualification.

In her declaration, she mentioned that the CDCL had been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) recently. She expressed that the certification of the laboratory for the agency marked a major achievement in its unwavering commitment to guaranteeing the reliability and excellence of pharmaceutical products. On September 15, 2023, the WHO pre-qualification inspection team sent a mail to the agency, indicating that they had approved the pre-qualification. According to her, this communication confirmed the agency’s eligibility.

NAFDAC role is pivotal in protecting the well-being of Nigerians.

She mentioned that the achievement had eventually been published on the official WHO website. Additionally, she mentioned that the website’s URL, which could be used by the public for citation and reference purposes, had also been shared equally with the agency for wider dissemination. The pre-qualification unit’s website is where to find details regarding the pre-qualification process and a comprehensive list of pre-qualified quality control labs.  https://extranet.who.int/pqweb/medicines.

Furthermore, Nigerian regulatory authority known as NAFDAC is entrusted with the crucial role of guaranteeing the well-being and excellence of consumables, including food, medications, beauty products, medical equipment, and allied commodities. The director-general emphasized NAFDAC’s pivotal role in protecting the well-being of the Nigerian population through its commitment to delivering exclusively reliable and untainted goods, with the ultimate objective of upholding public health, explained the DG. The remarkable feat achieved, said the NAFDAC boss, is truly monumental.

CDCL acknowledgement brings manifold benefits to NAFDAC and the country.

It represents a significant milestone not only for the agency but also for Nigeria as a whole. It is noteworthy that only a handful of laboratories worldwide can boast the esteemed distinction of being WHO pre-qualified. The monumental endeavour we embarked on traces back to the year 2010. Nonetheless, it is only in the past four years that the body’s unwavering determination and the concerted efforts of the administration and the Federal Government have paved the way for the administration to triumphantly reach this significant milestone.

Also, NAFDAC’s commitment to upholding international standards in drug quality control and regulation is evident in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) pre-qualification of the CDCL. This milestone by the CDCL showcases the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Controls (NAFDAC) unwavering dedication to ensuring excellence in drug quality control and regulation on a global scale. The Director General of NAFDAC emphasized that the esteemed acknowledgment bestowed upon CDCL brings manifold advantages to NAFDAC and the country.

Nigeria would experience multiple benefits through the pre-qualification.

Additionally, this acknowledgement holds immense significance for the populace of Nigeria as the country would experience multiple advantages through the WHO’s pre-qualification of the CDCL, as Adeyeye explained. These advantages include gaining worldwide acknowledgement, ensuring superior pharmaceutical standards, fostering international cooperation, and promoting advanced measures for public health. The progress of Nigerian healthcare sector can be measured through various avenues such as the regulation of streaming services, bolstering credibility, and facilitating advancements in the healthcare system.


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AN-Toni
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2 months ago

WHO prequalification approval for NAFDAC lab. – This certification marked a major achievement for the agency. Express your point of view.

SarahDiv
Member
2 months ago

The WHO pre-qualification approval for NAFDAC’s Yaba laboratory is a significant milestone, ensuring superior pharmaceutical standards and promoting international cooperation for the well-being of Nigerians. This achievement reflects NAFDAC’s dedication to global drug quality control and regulation. The CDCL’s acknowledgment brings manifold benefits, including worldwide recognition and advancements in the healthcare sector. Congratulations to NAFDAC on this monumental feat!

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
2 months ago

That’s fantastic news! The WHO prequalification approval for NAFDAC lab is a major achievement indeed. It’s great to see that the agency’s hard work and dedication have been recognized on an international level.

This certification is a testament to the high standards and quality of the NAFDAC lab. It shows that they have met the rigorous criteria set by the World Health Organization, which is no small feat. This approval not only boosts the reputation of the agency but also instills confidence in the public regarding the safety and effectiveness of the products they regulate.

With this prequalification approval, the NAFDAC lab can now play an even more significant role in ensuring the quality and safety of medical products in Nigeria. It opens up opportunities for collaborations, partnerships, and increased credibility on the global stage.
I’m truly proud of NAFDAC and their achievement. It’s a step forward in strengthening Nigeria’s healthcare system and ensuring the well-being of its citizens. Kudos to the agency and everyone involved in making this happen! 🎉👏

Kazeem1
Member
2 months ago

For the NAFDAC lab, receiving WHO prequalification approval is a significant accomplishment. This noteworthy achievement would enhance the general healthcare system and improve the health of Nigerians. Congratulation to NAFDAC on this outstanding success.

Taiwo
Member
2 months ago

WHO prequalification clearance for NAFDAC laboratory. The agency achieved a significant milestone with its certification. The WHO pre-qualification of NAFDAC’s Yaba laboratory is a great thing This highlights our dedication to international health standards and is good news for Nigeria’s healthcare industry.The NAFDAC lab can now contribute even more to the safety and quality of medicinal products in Nigeria thanks to this prequalification approval.