Kaduna facility is first in the north to receive ISO certification
Abuja –At a ceremony held July 27, USAID Deputy Mission Director Erin Holleran presented to the federal Minister of State for Health Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire a certificate of accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for a laboratory in Kaduna to test and approve domestically manufactured and imported medicines operated by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC).
Known as NAFDAC, the agency is charged with ensuring the quality of imported and locally produced medicines distributed in Nigeria. The Kaduna facility is the third such Nigerian laboratory certified by ISO, an independent international standard bearer for quality assurance, and the first in the north of Nigeria.
“USAID has long supported the Nigerian pharmaceutical manufacturing sector to help ensure it meets international best practices,” Holleran said at the ceremony before presenting Minister Ehanire with the ISO certificate. “We expect this accreditation will open up new opportunities for the private sector, and increase the confidence of the Nigerian public in the medicines being manufactured, prescribed, and sold in the country.”
This USAID support is the latest example of the United States’ contribution to maintaining the quality of medicines in Nigeria and the region.
Nigeria is among 35 countries globally that receive technical and financial assistance through USAID’s $110 million Promoting the Quality of Medicines program, implemented by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Convention, to help safeguard the quality of medicines, with a particular focus on treatment of malaria, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis.
With the accreditation, Nigeria now has the capacity to both improve the quality of medicines it produces, and also test the quality of 100 percent of all imported and domestically-produced medicines in accordance with internationally accepted certifications.
A report from the International Policy Network, a London-based think tank, estimates that counterfeit tuberculosis and malaria drugs kill 700,000 people a year worldwide.
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