Government Of Nigeria Bureau On-line Standards Agency
GNBOSA, combating the scourge of importation of substandard and unwholesome goods into Nigeria
The Government of Nigeria Bureau Online standards Agency (GNBOSA) aims to improve the quality and safety of goods being exported to Nigeria and protect its citizens from substandard and dangerous goods. GNBOSA is the Government approved Agency in charge of Conformity Assessment Programmes services for Nigeria some other African nations in line with the Africann Conformity Assessment Programme (ACAP).
The Agency, which has been in place since 1992, was established to improve the quality and safety of goods being exported to Nigeria and to protect its citizens from substandard and dangerous goods. It requires that every consignment of regulated products being exported to Nigeria meets both international and local standards and that exporter obtain a Certificate of Conformity which enables Customs clearance
In Nigeria, the fulcrum of Standardisation and
Regulation of quality for all products is vested in the Government Of Nigeria
Bureau For Standards Assessment. Established by Act No. 56 of 1971 and with
three amendments in 1976, 1984 and 1990, the body corporate, has the sole
responsibility for National Policy on Standards, Standards Specification,
Quality Control and Metrology.
To regulate and control quality standards for Foods, drugs, Cosmetics, Medical Devices, Chemicals, Detergents and packaged water imported, manufactured locally and distributed in Nigeria.
The management has made intensive efforts to positively touch the lives of stakeholders (consumers and Dealers) through public enlightenment campaigns, education and persuasions.
GNBOSA clearance is a
pre-requisite for manufacturers to obtain, before NAFDAC registration and
approval of product(s) can be issued.
The name of the Agency reflects its functions very adequately. By the provisions of the enabling decree, (decree No. 15 of 1993) the Agency is mandated to:
In discharging the above functions, the agency envisages that its activities will be evident in all sectors that deal with food, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals to the extent of instilling extra need for caution and compulsion to respect and obey existing regulations both for healthy living and knowledge of certain sanctions or default.
The agency was set up as a parastatal under the control of the defunct twelve- member Government Council which was formally inaugurated on 31st December, 1992 by the then Minister of Health, Professor Olikoye Ransome Kuti. The then council had its chairman, a highly experienced Retired Public Officer and Diplomat in the person of Ambassador Tanimu Saulawa. When the council was in place, activities of the Agency were overseen through its three main committees namely:
Legal Unit - The unit proffers legal advice on issues of law arising from Employee-Employer relationship and is the custodian of legal documents and all agreements relating to the Agency. Its functions include the following:
More InformationNigeria is the most populous country on the African continent and also the fastest growing export market in the region
The consequence of not complying with the GNBOSA Directives is denial of product entry into any West African Country.