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Cosmetics Regulatory Support in Nigeria


The beauty and personal care sector in Nigeria is blooming, and the increasing competition is said to drive the demand for innovative products in the region. In addition, intensive marketing activities are boosting the growth of this sector. Thus, making Nigeria one of the most promising emerging markets for cosmetics companies to invest, while exploring the local manufacturing opportunities as well.

In Nigeria, cosmetic products are regulated under the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Act CAP N1 (LFN) 2004, and other related legislations and accompanying guidelines. According to the provisions of the Act, cosmetic products shall be manufactured, imported, exported, advertised, sold or distributed in Nigeria, unless, they have been registered with the NAFDAC.

To proceed for cosmetic registration in Nigeria, the applicant, for a manufacturer outside Nigeria, must file evidence of Power of Attorney from the manufacturer, which authorizes him to speak for his principal on all matters relating to the latter’s specialties. The original Power of Attorney should be notarized by a notary public in the country of origin and submitted to the NAFDAC or the Contract Manufacturing Agreement notarized by a notary public in the country of manufacturer.

However, the challenging economic environment in Nigeria has slowed down new product development in the recent years; only a few new products were introduced by major international manufacturers in the beauty and personal care sector. Lack of evolved supply and distribution channels acts as another key setback in navigating through the region.

To overcome these challenges and ensure compliance in Nigeria, Freyr, as a global Regulatory service provider, provides Regulatory Support services to decode the NAFDAC regulations and identify the right channels and products to retain optimum market potential.

Freyr Expertise

  • Regulatory Support Services
  • Cosmetics Classification
  • Local Representation
  • Trademark Registration
  • Cosmetic Formulation, Cosmetics Ingredient, Cosmetic Claims review
  • Label review as per the Cosmetic Labeling Regulations
  • Dossier Compilation
  • Cosmetic Product Safety Assessment/Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR)
  • Notarizing of Necessary Documents
  • Post-approval Support like Re-registration, Cosmetics Notification for Registration for Listing & Endorsement
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