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Nigeria to Get Certification for Local Production of Vaccines – NAFDAC

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that it is working hard to obtain International certification to enable Nigeria manufacture vaccines locally.

NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, expressed confidence that Nigeria would soon start manufacturing vaccines, with the upgrading of existing laboratories across the country.

Speaking during the NAFDAC’s Staff Recognition and Award Ceremony for 2019 and 2020, for serving and retired staff held recently in Abuja , the DG said the agency has made huge milestone in the efforts to address the health needs.

She said: “From last three years, the agency has embarked on the digitalisation of its regulatory activities through the deployment of the electronic platform for online registration and decentralisation of registration processes”.

She said the digitalisation exercise enables the clients register their products through online, adding that the agency has decentralised the production of some regulated products to encourage growth of small scale business enterprises

She said NAFDAC was recognising some members of staff who helped in distribution of its palliatives during the lock down.

Also the agency has developed and deployed the port inspection data of its management system as a web-based online application that provides electronic endorsement.

She dsclosed that achieving the ISO 9001 in June 2019, which is the world’s most recognised Quality Management System (QMS) standard, places the country in good standing to strive to get to maturity level three, which enables the country manufacture its own vaccines.

Adeyeye also noted that the agency is leveraging technology to trace vaccines, especially when the COVID-19 vaccines arrives the country.

She explained that this will enable it track and trace vaccines received, to ensure that they are safe and monitored for adverse reactions on patients.

“NAFDAC is a leading national regulator in Africa. The agency is driven by international standards and best practices,” she said

Adeyeye expressed confidence that Nigeria would soon start manufacturing vaccines, with the upgrading of existing laboratories across the country.

“Our new normal started three years ago when we started quality management system that now makes us to focus more on the customers, the image of the organisation in order to ensure that we are a standard operating procedure-driven organisation.