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NAFDAC seeks collaboration in advancement of regulatory environment

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday solicited advancement of it’s regulatory environment.

Mrs Roseline Ajayi, Director of NAFDAC, South-West zone, at a stakeholders’ meeting in Akure, said there was need for collaboration with other agencies to jointly pursued advancement of regulatory environment.

Ajayi said the regulatory space was not only becoming more dynamic, but more challenging as a result of advancement of technology, inventions and innovations.

She said the agency too was evolving to meet up with the dynamism in the world, saying, “what is satisfactory in year 2000 could not be acceptable in the current year.”

Ajayi said the meeting afforded the opportunity to interact with different sectors of the agency, as there would be no ‘regulator’ without the ‘regulated’.

She noted that the African Continental Free Trade Zone Area (AfCFTA) was another concern presenting threats and opportunities to emerging entrepreneurs.

The zonal director said the forum would provide opportunities to interact freely as well as to give clarification on issues and the focus of the agency.

“The regulatory space is not only becoming more dynamic, but also more challenging as a result of advancement in technology, inventions and innovations, diversification, inflation and other threatening global village impacts.

“The AfCFTA agreement is another concern presenting two possibilities of threats and opportunities to emerging entrepreneurs.

“The impact of the aforementioned factors may have consequences on the quality and wholesome of regulatory products.

“Hence the agency is also evolving her strategies and operational guidelines to drive continuous improvement to match with the dynamics of the regulatory environment.

“And the changing demands of leadership of our Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has recognised the important role played by the stakeholders in fulfilling her mandate which is the motivation of the special interest on stakeholders,” she said.

In his welcome address, the State Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr Benu Philip, appreciated the stakeholders for honouring the agency’s invitation.

Philip said the agency listens to its stakeholders, adding that the agency is customer focused.

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