NAFDAC guidelines for registration of MSME (Micro, cottage, kitchen scale) regulated products.

This article will explain in detail the guidelines for registration with NAFDAC which is all we need, to get our NAFDAC registration number. And for better understanding, we will be focusing on the guidelines for registration of MSME (Micro, cottage, kitchen scale) regulated products. However, the article will talk about NAFDAC, its functions and its cost. If you see this then you are lucky as the article will explain in detail and step by step guide (2019 updated).

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To understand better the purpose of this article, we need to know what NAFDAC is and how they operate.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) was established by Decree No. 15 of 1993 as amended by Decree No. 19 of 1999 and now the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Act Cap N1 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004 to regulate and control the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, advertisement, sale and use of Food, Drugs, Cosmetics, Medical Devices, Packaged Water, Chemicals and Detergents (collectively known as regulated products). The agency was officially established in October 1992


The functions of NAFDAC as provided in the enabling law that establishes it are to:

  • Advice Governments, the private sector and other interested bodies regarding the quality, safety and regulatory provisions on regulated products
  • Carry out such activities as are necessary or expedient for the performance of its functions
  • Compile and publish relevant data resulting from the performance of the functions of the Agency or other sources
  • Compile standard specifications regulations and guidelines for the production, importation, exportation, sales, distribution, and registration of regulated products
  • Conduct appropriate tests and ensure compliance with standard specifications designated and approved by the Council for effective control of the quality of regulated products and their raw materials as well as their production processes in factories and other establishments
  • Control the exportation and issue quality certification of products intended for export
  • Establish and maintain relevant laboratories or other institutions in strategic areas of Nigeria as may be necessary for the performance of its functions
  • Grant authorization for the import and export of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances as well as other controlled substances;
  • Collaborate with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the bid to eradicate drug abuse in Nigeria
  • Issue guidelines, grant approvals and monitor the advertisement of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water, Chemicals, and detergents
  • Liaise with relevant establishments within and outside Nigeria in pursuance of its functions
  • Pronounce on the quality and safety of Products after appropriate analysis
  • Regulate and control the importation, exportation, manufacture, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water, Chemicals, and detergents.
  • Sponsor such national and International conferences as may be considered appropriate
  • Take measures to ensure that the use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances are limited to only medical and scientific purposes
  • Undertake appropriate investigation into the production premises and raw materials for regulated products and establish relevant quality assurance systems, including certification of the production sites and the regulated products
  • Undertake inspection of imported regulated products and establish relevant quality assurance systems, including certification of the production sites
  • Undertake the registration of foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices bottled water, Chemicals, and detergents.

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Having known more about NAFDAC, now we can proceed to why the discussion on why we are here.

Meaning of MSME

It stands for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises.

  • They are small business sized entities
  • It is a business that can be managed by one or two-person partners, private or public limited companies
  • Microenterprise is a business that has the potential to reduce the level of unemployment in a country
  • According to CBN, in countries at the same levels of development with Nigeria, SMEs contribute a much higher proportion to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) than currently observed in Nigeria
  • Studies by the IFC show that approx. 96% of Nigerian businesses are SMEs compared to 53% in the US and 65% in Europe
  • SMEs represent about 90% of the manufacturing/industrial sector in terms of the number of enterprises.

Furthermore, NAFDAC MSME regulated products are;

Bread, Chips, Chin-chin, Coconut oil, Dried fish, Flour, Groundnut, Honey, Laundry starch, Liquid detergent, Palm oil, Petroleum jelly, Popcorn, Seasoning, Shea butter, Water, etc.

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NAFDAC procedure for registration of MSME Products

Step 1. Kindly go to their website on and go click on micro or small scale enterprises, then click on e-Registration for your guidelines and registration. Applicants can also pick up a copy of guidelines and registration form NAFDAC State offices across the country.

Step 2. Submission of documents,
This is the step where you will have to submit your fully completed registration form you previously obtained from either their website or office. Upon submission, you will have to include the following documents with it.

  • Evidence of registration with the Cooperate Affairs Commission (CAC). (Business name and Incorporation). If you want to know how to register your business with CAC you can read on how to do it HERE.
  • Site use Agreement if there is any.
  • Evidence of trademark approval. We will advise you get this document because it helps to protect the product/business name.
  • One sample of your product with three labels.
  • Fumigation certificate
  • Copy of Receipt of payment for production inspection, Laboratory Analysis, and Product.
  • Food handlers certificate/medical fitness certificate for production staff. However, this should include, Sputum test, stool test, Urinary test, Widal test, and Hepatitis B test.

Procedure for payment
Applicants should be given payment advice before using the remita invoice. Before the documents are submitted, the NAFDAC desk officer reviews the application letter to determine the type of the number of products and then issues payment advice accordingly. OR visit to generate remita invoice after that you need to print out a copy of the invoice then

  • make payment through any of the commercial banks.
  • visit NAFDAC Accounts department to collect the receipt of payment. Attach a photocopy of the receipt of payment as indicated above and apply.

Step 3. Inspection Booking
In booking for facility inspection, you will be given the privilege to pick the most convenient date for the inspection.

Step 4. Sampling products
Samples of products will be collected during facility inspection and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Note: Samples will only be taken when the inspection is satisfactory.

Step 5. Products Approval
The products are scheduled for approval upon satisfaction of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and laboratory report.

Step 6. Collection of certificate
The company will be notified to pick up their certificate.

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The requirement for a product label and artwork

  • Name of Product
  • Net weight
  • Batch number
  • Manufacturing date
  • Expiring date
  • NAFDAC Reg No.
  • Allergy caution where necessary
  • Disposal sign
  • Storage condition
  • List of ingredients
  • Name of company or distributor
  • Direction for use.

Currently, NAFDAC does not encourage the use of middle man/consultant to get their certificate as everything you need to know had been given out which makes the procedures simple. 
All NAFDAC offices are accessible and customer friendly.

All correspondence can be addressed to:
The Director-General (NAFDAC)Attn:
The Director.
Lagos State Office National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
3/5 Apapa-Oshodi expressway, Laboratory complex Oshodi, Lagos.


Tel: 070650869262.

NAFDAC Corporate Headquarters,
plot 2032, Olusegun Obasanjo way Wuse, zone 7, Abuja.


Tel: 070982128473.

Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FSAN)Plot 1, Oshodi Apapa Expressway, Lagos.

Tel: 09060956907, 01-4609764

For Complaints: 0800-1-NAFDAC (0800-1-623322) +234(0)909-763-0506, +234(0)909-763-0507 


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