Cosmetics Regulatory Support in Nigeria


The beauty and personal care sectors in Nigeria are booming, 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. This makes Nigeria one of the most promising markets for cosmetics companies to invest while exploring the local manufacturing opportunities.

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 the Power of Attorney from the manufacturer, which authorizes him/her to speak for his/her principal on all matters relating to the latter’s specialties. The original Power of Attorney or the Contract Manufacturing Agreement should be notarized by a public notary in the country of origin and submitted to the NAFDAC.

However, the challenging economic environment in Nigeria has slowed down new product development in recent years. Only a few new products were introduced by major international manufacturers in the beauty and personal care sector. The 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
  • NAFDAC Cosmetics Products Registration
  • 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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