The Veterinary Medicines and Allied Products (VMAP) directorate of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has moved to further standardize its activities, towards a more efficient and proactive regulation of the livestock sector under its supervision. In a 1-day VMAP stakeholders zoom meeting held on Tuesday 18th August, 2020, the regulatory body outlined new and updated regulations on veterinary vaccines, drugs and animal feeds.
The meeting was addressed by the Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, as well as senior officers of the agency including Dr Bukar Ali Usman, Dr Nwankwo Emmanuel, Dr Mudashir, Dr Tunde Sigbeku, Dr M.I Sani, and Pharm Okanlawon Abayomi. All addressed recent developments and updates on existing regulations VMAP directorate.
On veterinary drugs, the regulatory body issued a list of the drugs prohibited for use in Nigeria for food animal production.
Full List of Currently Prohibited Veterinary Drugs in Nigeria
|Nitrofurans, Furazolidone, Nitrofurantoin, and Furaltadone||Antibacterials|
On veterinary vaccines, the regulatory body stated that dossiers must be submitted to the Director, Drug Registration and Regulatory (R &R), and copy to the Director, Veterinary Medicines and Allied Products (VMAP). It hinted that there are various media channels for use in communication and response to compliance directives, sequel to review of the dossiers.
In the area of animal feeds, the body noted with concern the rising impact of “Antimicrobial Resistance” on food safety, linked to the use of antimicrobial agents in feeds. Hence, it outlined the following directives for immediate compliance:
(1) Ongoing continuous ban on the use of antibiotics as growth promoters, as earlier announced on the 5th of December 2018.
(2) Ban on the use of Colistin as coccidiostat
(3) Ban on the use of Gentian Violet and other antibiotics as mould inhibitors in feeds.
(4) Ban on the use of Ethoxyquin as an antioxidant in feed for food animals. Ethoxyquin will also not be allowed as feed additives in fish meals and fish feeds.
NAFDAC also decried the use of unqualified personnel in feed milling and allied ventures, stating that come year 2021, only individuals with a minimum qualification of an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in agricultural-related disciplines will be accepted.
The agency acknowledged the role of the Nigeria Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) and other stakeholders in various meetings and workshops, stating that such collaborations have informed the following regulatory decisions henceforth:
(1) Risk categorization of feed production facilities and products in Nigeria, to aid effective supervision
(2) The inspection and proper documentation of all feed milling facilities (including those outside a companies headquarters mill)
(3) Listing of feed toll milling facilities in Nigeria.
(4) The implementation of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) policy, using at least one commercial feedmill facility per geopolitical zone as pilot.
It pledged to further strengthen the working relationships with relevant bodies, such the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN), Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), and the Feed Industry Practitioners Association of Nigeria (FIPAN), amongst others.