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.

The Government Of Nigeria Bureau On-line Standards Agency is an active member of the African Regional Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), Codex Alimentarius Commission, which is the Food Standardisation Organ of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and is also a member of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

The GNBOSA is also a member of the World Standards Services Network (WSSN), International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

MANDATE

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.

 FUNCTIONS

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:

  • Regulate and control the importation, exportation, manufacture, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals
  • Conducts appropriate test and ensure compliance with standard specifications designated and approved by the council for the effective control of quality of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals and their raw materials as well as their production processes in factories and other establishments.
  • Undertake appropriate investigation into the production premises and raw materials for food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals and establish relevant quality assurance system, including certification of the production sites and of the regulated products
  • Undertake inspection of imported food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals and establish relevant quality assurance system, including certification of the production sites and of the regulated products.
  • Compile standard specifications and regulations and guidelines for the production, importation, exportation, sale and distribution of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals
  • Undertake the registration of food, drugs, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals
  • Control the exportation and issue quality certification of food, drugs, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals 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
  • Pronounce on the quality and safety of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals after appropriate analysis
  • Undertake measures to ensure that the use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances are limited to medical and scientific purposes
  • Grant authorization for the import and export of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances as well as other controlled substances
  • Collaborate with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in measures to eradicate drug abuse in Nigeria
  • Advise Federal, State and Local Governments, the Private sector and other interested bodies regarding the quality, safety and regulatory provisions on food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals
  • Issue guidelines on, approve and monitor the advertisement of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, bottled water and chemicals
  • Compile and publish relevant data resulting from the performance of the functions of the Agency or from other sources
  • Sponsor such national and international conference as it may consider appropriate
  • Liaise with relevant establishments within and outside Nigeria in pursuance of its functions

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.

STRUCTURE

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:

  • Financial and General Purpose Committee
  • Establishment and Disciplinary Committee
  • Technical, Research and Consultancy Committee

UNITS

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:

  • Ensuring that the rights and interest of the Agency are well protected under the various legal documents that bind it;
  • Drafting regulations, agreements and rendering legal opinions to the Director General. NAFDAC and the various Directorates.
  • Facilities Prosecution of offenders at the Tribunals and Courts.


More Information

Nigeria 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.