NAFDAC Registration: How To Get NAFDAC Number (2021)

How To Register Products With NAFDAC

National Agency For Food Drugs Administration And Control popularly known and referred to as NAFDAC is Nigeria government agency responsible for regulating the importation, manufacture, exportation, distribution, sale, and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, chemicals, and packaged water in Nigeria.

How to get NAFDAC Number

It is law in Nigeria that very edible or pharmaceutical products must pass through NAFDAC approval and obtain NAFDAC Number before sale of such products to general public.

This law also applies to imported products into Nigeria.

So, this is why getting NAFDAC registration number is a big deal in Nigeria. It is a permit for sale of edible and pharmaceuticals products in Nigeria.

Now, most people abandon or get discouraged into importation or production of edible or pharmaceutical products because of their perceived stress pf getting NAFDAC approval and NAFDAC registration number for their products.

Hence many people are yearning for answers to questions like how easy or difficult is it to get NAFDAC Number in Nigeria.

All these and many more is what this article sets out to explain and provide a guide for obtaining of NAFDAC Registration numbers.

NAFDAC Product Registration: How To Get NAFDAC Number

Registration and obtaining of NAFDAC number required some certain steps amd procedures.

Companies that wants to apply for NAFDAC registration number must have to be registered with Coporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

Also, the steps and NAFDAC registration requirements differs from products to company status.

There are requirements for NAFDAC registration of drugs and pharmaceuticals and another for registration of Foods And edible.

Also, the process of registering products varies from company status, such as local companies and foreign companies (local products and foreign products).

NAFDAC Registration Tips

There are certain tips that producers or merchants of edible and pharmaceuticals products needs to be aware of about registering with NAFDAC.

The procedure for registering local products is different from registration of foreign products with NAFDAC.

Also, NAFDAC registration number is for single product and not for company general products.

In otherwords, company that produces multiple edible or pharmaceutical must register each product independently and obtain NAFDAC Number for each of the product.

Steps for NAFDAC Product Registration

Below are the steps for processing and obtaining NAFDAC registration number and approval in Nigeria.

Obtain NAFDAC Registration Forms

This is the first step towards getting NAFDAC Number and registration of products.

NAFDAC registration forms can be obtain from any NAFDAC office throughout the Federation.

So visit NAFDAC office closer to you and inform officials of your intentions.

Forward Application & Products Registration Forms TO NAFDAC

Having Obtained the form and having filled it correctly, the forms should be sent back to NAFDAC alongside applications letter stating intention to register product or products.

The application Letter for the NAFDAC registration should contain both type of product and location of company.

This will aid NAFDAC officials during inspection.

The application should be addressed to Director in charge of the NAFDAC zone.

Submit Samples of Products

The next step after putting forward applications is to submit of products for analysis and laboratory checks.

This is very important stage in getting NAFDAC approval and number as substandard products or harmful products are stepped down during this stage.

If successful in this stage, then applicant can move further to complete other processes pr steps.

Payment of Stipulated Fees

There are fees required for NAFDAC registration.

These fees will be provided at NAFDAC office.

After passing sample analysis test, this is the next step in NAFDAC registration process.

Issuance & Collection of Certificate

This is the final step of NAFDAC Registration process.

Having successfully passed through other steps of NAFDAC number registration, certificate will be issued contain NAFDAC registration number of the product.

Cost of NAFDAC Registration Number in Nigeria

We will be discussing NAFDAC registration fees in this section of the article.

Getting NAFDAC Number in Nigeria comes with stipulated fees.

Some of the activities paid for include forms, inspections fees, registration fees etc.

The cost of product registration with NAFDAC is listed below.

  • Drugs – N70,000
  • Orphan Drugs – N25,000
  • Food- N50,000
  • Cosmetics – N50,000
  • Water – N50,000
  • Chemicals / pesticides – N40,000
  • Vertinary Products – N70,000
  • Medical Devices – N30,000
  • Vaccines/ Biological – N40,000

This is how much it cost to register and get NAFDAC Number for products in Nigeria.

How Long Does it take Get NAFDAC Number & Registration in Nigeria.

It takes some time to get done with NAFDAC registration in Nigeria.

How long it takes to register and obtain NAFDAC Number varies between drugs and other products.

It takes 90 days (3 months) to process NAFDAC registration for food and edible products.

So it takes 90 days to get NAFDAC Number for food products.

It takes 120 days (4 months) to complete NAFDAC registration of drugs.

This is how long it takes to get NAFDAC Number for drugs in Nigeria.

How To Register Drugs with NAFDAC

NAFDAC Drugs registration is different from NAFDAC food registration.

In this section of the post will reflect on how to register drugs and get NAFDAC number.

Some of the requirements for drug registration with NAFDAC are listed below.

  • Certificate of incorporation issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
  • Submit three samples of your product for quality analysis and inspection
  • A signed and endorsed certificate of pharmaceutical product
  • Original copy of Power of Attorney from the product manufacturer (if imported)
  • The application letter for registration of the product
  • Letter of invitation from manufacturer to inspect factory abroad with full names and site of the plant
  • Completed NAFDAC application form

How To Register Food Products With NAFDAC

These are some requirements and steps for registering and obtaining NAFDAC number for food and edible products in Nigeria.

  • Certificate of Incorporation obtained from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
  • Certificate of inspection/recognition issued by NAFDAC
  • Trademark approval for your brand name by Federal Ministry of Commerce (where applicable)
  • Comprehensive Certificate of analysis of the batch of the product for registration from the manufacturer stating the name and signature of the analyst
  • Application form forwarded to the Director stating the name of the manufacturer, brand name, and product(s)


The Author

Emmanuel Igwenagu

Igwenagu Emmanuel is the founder of Nigerian Informer. He holds B.A, M.Sc in Mass Communication. He is a Communication researcher and 112 emergency help line dispatcher.


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  1. Hi, please i wish to Registration a few cleaning imported detergent with NAFDAC but do not know how to go about the registration, please i will need your help,

    1. Visit NAFDAC zonal office in your geo political zone or visit NAFDAC headquarters in Abuja. There you can register your products.

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