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Nigeria Cosmetic Product Registration

COSMETIC REGISTRATION IN NIGERIA

Regulatory Authority

National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC)

Link for Regulatory Authority

https://www.nafdac.gov.ng/

Local Regulation

NAFDAC Act CAP N1 (LFN) 2004

Who can Register?

  • Manufacturer
  • Importer

Data to be Communicated

  • Notarised Declaration To be completed (typed), signed by Declarant and notarised by a Notary Public in Nigeria. 
  • Power of Attorney or Contract Manufacturing Agreement
  • Contract Manufacturing Agreement
  • Certificate of Manufacture and Free Sale
  • Comprehensive Certificate of Analysis
  • Evidence of Business Incorporation of the importing company with the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria
  • Evidence of Registration of Brand Name with Trademark Registry in the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment.
  • Label or artwork of the product.
  • Letter of Invitation for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) inspection

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control oversees cosmetic product registration in Nigeria (NAFDAC). It is an organization in charge of overseeing and managing the distribution of items such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, consumable goods, cosmetics, biologicals, medical services, and advertising, exportation, importation, manufacturing, and registration. 

The NAFDAC Requirements for manufacturing or importing food, pharmaceuticals, or consumable goods in Nigeria vary depending on whether the commodities are manufactured locally or overseas.

Application

  • A written application for registration of imported cosmetics should be made on the company’s letterhead paper to Director-General (NAFDAC)
  • The application letter should include the product’s common name and brand name (where applicable). 
  • An online application form for Product Registration should be purchased at http://registration.nafdac.gov.ng and completed. 

A separate application form should be submitted for each product.

Timeframe and Fees

Application Fees since different items have different application tariffs; applicants must pay the relevant tariff for their product and submit proof of payment with their application.

  • Micro Enterprise – N22,000
  • Small – N66,000
  • Medium/ Large – N85,000

Additional Information

It is illegal to market any medications or consumable goods to the general public in Nigeria without first registering with NAFDAC, according to the statute that established NAFDAC. If a company is based in Nigeria to import or manufacture food, pharmaceuticals, or consumable products, all the company’s products must be registered with NAFDAC. Please keep in mind that if your business manufactures multiple products, you’ll need to register each one separately. 

To uphold product quality and safety standards, cosmetics companies in Nigeria must follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). These guidelines specify essential protocols for facility management, equipment usage, personnel training, and hygiene standards. NAFDAC routinely conducts inspections to evaluate cosmetic products’ adherence to GMP requirements. 

The implementation and upkeep of GMP can pose challenges for businesses, particularly small-scale producers with limited resources for infrastructure and training investments.

After a thorough review of documentation, conducting GMP inspections of production facilities, and, where applicable, performing laboratory analysis of the product, products are presented for approval meetings with the Food and Drug Registration Committee (FDRC). 

Following approval at the FDRC meeting, cosmetics products are issued an electronic Certificate of Product Registration and provided to the applicant. Labelling must adhere to the Agency’s Cosmetics Products Labelling Regulations and any other pertinent regulations, ensuring it is informative and accurately reflects the product.