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 National Health Research Ethics Committee (NHREC) is the apex body responsible for the provision of and ensuring adherence to guidelines that govern ethical research practice in order to ensure the protection of human research participants in Nigeria.



The Nigeria Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA) is the umbrella body for all pharmacists working in tertiary educational institutions and research institutes across the country. The main aim of the Association is to serve as a support for development, capacity building and enhancement of members welfare using the instruments of communication, training and exposure to opportunities. NAPA is a technical group of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) solely responsible for training pharmacy students in various Pharmacy schools across the country.



The Nigerian Medical Association is the largest medical association in the West African sub-region with over 40,000 members. The NMA is involved in influencing health policy formulation, but it is only consulted by the federal government on an ad-hoc basis. The association aims to become more a part of the Ministry of Health, to ensure that it is as involved as possible in the planning stages of health policy formulation. NMA’s membership spans all six major specialties of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Public Health, and Laboratory Medicine/Pathology. The major goal of the Nigerian Medical Association is to assist the government and the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the provision of a smooth, efficient, and effective healthcare delivery system in the country. To promote the welfare, and interaction of all medical and dental practitioners in the country.



NIPRID became functional in the year 1989. In 2001, the International Organization for Standardization accreditation (ISO/IEC 17025) as well as the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) certification (ISO 9001:2015). This enables the body’s laboratory to carry out quality control tests for medicines, food, cosmetics, herbal product, and agricultural products that will be accepted globally.



The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) is a reputable point of reference in basic, applied and operational research for the promotion of national health and development in Nigeria. NIMR play a vital role in developing viable structures for the dissemination of research findings, and providing the enabling environment and facilities for health research and training in cooperation with the Federal and State ministries of health and in collaboration with universities, allied institutions and organized private sector nationally and internationally.




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