The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has stated that, with the upgrading of existing laboratories across the country, Nigeria would soon start manufacturing its own vaccines.
Adeyeye said this during NAFDAC’s Staff Recognition Award Ceremony for 2019 and 2020, stating that NAFDAC was a leading national regulator in Africa as the agency is driven by international standards and best practices.
She said that achieving the ISO 9001 in June 2019 which is the world’s most recognised Quality Management System (QMS) standard places the country in good standing to strive to get to the maturity level three which enables the country manufacture its own vaccines.
The NAFDAC boss disclosed that the agency is leveraging technology to trace vaccines, especially when the covid-19 vaccines arrive the country. She explained that this will enable it track and trace vaccines received to ensure that they are safe and monitored for adverse reactions on patients.
“Our new normal started three years ago when we started quality management system that now makes us to focus more on the customers, the image of the organisation in order to ensure that we are a standard operating procedure-driven organisation. This led us to achieving ISO 9001 in 2019 June. We moved on to the global benchmarking where we adopted international best practices and we are still adopting international best practices.
“With regards to the establishment of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) global benchmarking and adoption of international best practices, we want to get to the maturity level three so that Nigeria can manufacture her own vaccines and we are all working on this every day.
“We are upgrading the agency’s laboratories to international standards using equipment that are compliant to ISO 17025. NAFDAC laboratories are changing very rapidly with improvements in new equipment and supplies.
“Our four laboratories that were accredited before I came have received re-accreditation. We have also gotten a new lab – the Yaba Biologies and Vaccines Lab accredited for the first time. And our two other labs will be accredited very soon.”