Says product registration is compulsory for all manufacturers

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has commenced e-registration process in a bid to make the process of products registration easy for its clients.

The development is part of the agency’s efforts to ensure the quick registration of products belonging to genuine manufacturers and dealers, as well as to ensure success in the zero tolerance to substandard products campaign, which they have taken to different sectoral groups and some parts of the country since the launch.

SON Director-General, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, on Thursday in Lagos, explained that the initiative was aimed at curbing the sale and production of unwholesome and substandard products in the country.

He said the registration of all consumer products was compulsory for all manufacturers before such could be displayed on shelves, adding that the process would involve the launch of product identification marks on all products under the category under review, and that any product without proper identification marks would be barred from the country’s market.

?This is something we believe would help the manufacturers, the dealers and the SON. It is all in the bid to ensure safer products, safer Nigerians and a healthier economy,? he said.

Odumodu further disclosed that the agency is ever leveraging on available opportunities and platforms to make work easier for both the regulator and the nation.

He reiterated the agency’s determination to further reduce the prevalence of substandard products from its current level of 60 per cent to about 30 per cent in three months time.

?It would assist us in developing a database of consumer products in the country. The scheme will enhance traceability in our compliance monitoring activities that are making it easy for us to trace any product and its manufacturer any time the need arises,? he  concluded.

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