National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has reiterated its resolve to attain World Health Organisation (WHO) Maturity Level Four certification with a view to positioning Nigerian pharmaceutical products for favourable competition at the global market.
The Director General, NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, stated this at the official commissioning of NAFDAC state office in Ilorin, Kwara State.
A statement by the Resident Media Consultant to the organisation, Sayo Akintola, Monday, recalled that the Agency attained Maturity Level 3 in the WHO Global Benchmarking Tools, in March this year, an achievement that has placed NAFDAC among the recognised regulatory bodies in the world.
“If we attain Maturity Level 4, it means that any product NAFDAC approves can be traded globally. The Level 3 means that the quality of our drugs is better, clinical trials are better, guidelines are better, regulatory inspection, laboratory listing is better, market control and other operations.
“It is pertinent to state that these huge achievements would not have been possible without a committed and dedicated workforce and a very supportive governing council,” Adeyeye said.
She stressed the importance of sound infrastructure, equipment, friendly work environment and accessible office locations for stakeholders alike.
To meet the mandate of the Agency, she disclosed that the management has begun strengthening the processes through establishment, implementation and continual improvement of the Quality Management System (QMS).
Adeyeye said QMS in the establishment had transitioned over the years to a robust platform for institutionalising resourceful leadership, evidence-based decision-making and engagement of competent workforce for effective customer-focused service delivery.
She continued: “With the support of the Presidency, National Assembly and NAFDAC Governing Council, we commenced the building of state offices across the country, out of which seven have been completed and we are now in the process of commissioning them, beginning with the Kwara State office, which we are witnessing today to the glory of God.”
According to the statement, Adeyeye also commissioned the Osun State office on Saturday in Osogbo, while those of Ogun, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Yobe and Kebbi are to be inaugurated soon. Construction in Kano, Edo and Delta states are at different stages of completion.
“There is no doubt that this well-equipped office will enhance activities and operations of the Agency within the state, thereby contributing to the economic growth and well-being of our people,” she added.