Food and Drugs Services

The Department of Food and Drug Services was established in 1993 following the excision of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) from the then Food and Drug Administration and Control (FDAC) department. 


To develop policies and initiate legislation relating to food, drugs, chemicals, cosmetics, water and medical devices and also provide pharmaceutical services. The Department is also responsible for: 

  1. Coordinating supply chain managements of essential medicines and other health commodities of all health programmes including provision of technical support for selection, forecasting/quantification, procurement, warehousing and distribution;
  2. Provision of secretariat for the National Drug Formulary and Essential Drug List Committee;
  3. Promotion of Clinical Pharmacy Programmes in Federal and State Health Facilities Nationwide
  4. Establishment and operation of the National Drug and Poison Information Center including provision of technical Support for the operation and establishment of such units in Federal and State Health Facilities Nationwide;
  5. Formulation, implementation and monitoring of National Drug Policy
  6. Selection, procurement, storage and distribution of narcotics drugs for licit use of health facilities nationwide;
  7. Production of essential medicines through Federal Manufacturing Pharmaceutical Laboratory in Lagos;
  8. Conducting drug utilization surveys and monitoring of Drug and Therapeutics Committee Nationwide;
  9. Provision of pharmaceutical manpower needs of Federal Staff Clinics and Hospitals;
  10. Liaison between the Federal Ministry of Health, its Agencies/Parastatals and other bodies on issues affecting food, drugs, chemicals, cosmetics, medical Devices etc
  11. Training of Intern Pharmacists

(Please see Appendix 1- “Functions, Activities and Achievements of Divisions in Food and Drug Service Department”)


A department that is resolutely committed to, and focal in, promoting access to safe and wholesome food and Drug for effective health care delivery in Nigeria


To promote the health of all Nigerians through the formulation of national policies, development of guidelines and strategies and initiation of legislation aimed at ensuring that food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and packaged water available in Nigeria are safe and efficacious and by ensuring provision of ethical pharmaceutical services in the public and private sectors of our health care delivery system nationwide.


  1. National Product Supply Chain Management Programme   [NPSCMP]
  2. Food Safety Programme (FSP)
  3. Pharmaceutical Services (PS)
  4. Chemical Management Programme (CMP)
  5. Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Information/Special Duties Unit (PMEI/SD)
  6. Drug Vaccine Development (DVD)
  7. Traditional Medicine Development Division (TMDD)
  8. Water Safety Programme (WSP)




The Pharmaceutical Services Division was established to formulate policies, develop strategies and implement programs and activities to improve access to safe, efficacious and good quality medicines and promote their rational use.


Responsible for:

  • The effective implementation of pharmaceutical care delivery services in all public health facilities.
  • The promotion of clinical pharmacy practice programmes in all Secondary and Tertiary health care facilities in the country.
  • The provision of pharmaceutical manpower needs of Federal Staff Hospitals and Clinics.
  • The establishment and operation of the National Drug Information Centre and Services and  providing Technical Assistance for the establishment and operation of similar Centre in all Tertiary and Secondary Healthcare Institutions.
  • The development, implementation and monitoring of protocols for the Sustainable Supply Distribution and availability of drugs and other health commodities in all public health facilities nationwide, with Drug Revolving Fund (DRF) as a focal point.
  • The development and monitoring of National Medicines Prices Policy.
  •  Development and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures for effective pharmaceutical care delivery services.
  •  Making available narcotic drugs for medical use by public and private health institutions.
  • Development and periodic review of National Drug Policy (NDP).
  • Periodic review of National Drug Formulary, Essential Medicines List (EML), National Standard Treatment Guidelines (NSTG), Primary Health care- EML and Patent Medicines List and Veterinary Medicines List.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of implementation of all activities.




To promote the development, production and effective management of essential medicines and vaccines to satisfy the local needs of the country and to earn foreign exchange.


  1. Development and review of general policies relating to the development and management of drugs, medicines and vaccines
  2. Promotion of the development of drugs, medicines and vaccines
  3. Development of ethics for biomedical research in drugs, medicines and vaccines
  4. Drug (ARVs inclusive) production and distribution (FEPMAL)
  5. Development of public private partnership strategies for warehousing and distribution of drugs, medicines and vaccines
  6. Guidelines for the production, procurement of drugs, medicines and vaccines
  7. Supervision of all agencies responsible for production, distribution, storage and dispensing of drugs, medicines and vaccines
  8. Responsible for providing Technical Assistance to all other health programmes on logistics and health production supply management and State Essential Drug programmes
  9. Responsible for proper warehousing of Essential medicines and other health products donated or procured by FMOH, National programmes and partners.



To effectively and efficiently coordinate all health products supply chain management activities for optimal healthcare delivery services that prevent stockout & minimize wastages in the country.


  • To Monitor and Evaluate PSM activities in the Ministry, disease programs and GON agencies
  • To receive PSM reports, provide feedback and analysis to FMOH, donors, partners, e.t.c
  • To coordinate/harmonize the supply planning process of health programs with the FMoH Procurement department and donors based on availability of funds, forecasted needs and in-country pipeline status
  • To organize regular meetings with donor agencies/stakeholders involved in financing, procuring, warehousing and distribution in order to define:
    • Area of priority
    • Area of support
    • Nature of support
    • Monitoring and evaluation of interventions
  • Carryout resource mobilization in collaboration with health programs as necessary
  • Engage in strategic planning exercise to ensure that the supply chain is able to respond to the needs of the health programs
  • Maintain a National Logistics database on drugs and health commodities in the Country in collaboration with health programs.
  • Liaise with all health programs in selection, quantification, procurement and distribution of drugs and other health commodities.
  • To ensure compliance by all health programs, partners and donors, and adherence to the National treatment guidelines in Drug Policy.
  • Conduct pipeline QA/QC of medicines and other health commodities nationwide.
  • Monitor supply and distribution plans of all health programs and ensure compliance
  • Ensure PMS Abuja and FMS Oshodi facilities are upgraded and maintained to minimum international standards for best warehousing practices.
  • Oversee activities that center on expiries, destruction and transfer of drugs within all warehouses in the country.
  • Collaborate with NAFDAC on issues of Pharmacovigilance and Rational use of medicines Nationwide.


The Nigeria Supply Chain Integration Project (NSCIP) is a project initiated by National Product Supply Chain Management Program (NPSCMP) domiciled in the Food & Drug Services Department of Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in conjunction with International Donors/partners started the process towards an effective and efficient supply management system of health programmes commodities in the country.


  1. Develop policies at Federal and State level that will ensure the coordination of PSM in the country.
  2. Develop a robust and all inclusive last mile distribution network of medicines and other health commodities to all health facilities in the country.
  3. Implement an integrated inventory management system in the country.
  4. Strengthen human capacity development for public health sector commodities management in Nigeria
  5. Strategically locate, set up and coordinate ideal storage hubs/warehouses around the country


The vehicle to deliver this goal, the Nigerian Supply Chain Integration Project and is envisioned in 4 work streams:

  1. Strengthen the Federal and State Government coordination.
  2. Establish a network of Zonal Hubs (Warehouses) operated under a Public Private sector Partnership (PPP) covering all HIV, Malaria, TB, Reproductive Health and Vaccines where possible.
  3. Integrate Logistics and Transportation including Last Mile Delivery.
  4. Establish Logistics Management Coordination Units (LMCU) at State level and deploy Logistics  Management Information System (LMIS).





  1. To ensure that food, food products and food related products consumed in the country is safe and of high quality that guarantees the health of every citizens.
  2. Monitor, evaluate and sensitize on Food Safety, Food Quality, Food Borne Diseases, Food Poison and any other emerging food related issues in the country.


  1. Development of policies, guidelines and programmes on Food safety, Food Quality, Food Additives, Food Fortification, Street Food Vending/Vendors etc;
  2. Development of Food Safety  and Food Quality Structures through drafting of National Food Safety and Quality Act(Food law);
  3. Responsible for representing the country and Ministry at the meetings of Codex Alimentarius Commission and its Committees;
  4. Serve as liaison between the Ministry and other stakeholders on Food safety and Food Quality issues etc Viz: NAFDAC, CPC, SON, IPAN, Ministry of Agriculture, National Biosafety Agency etc;
  5. Capacity building of Food officers through Local and International trainings;
  6. Regulate the activities of NGOs, Food Operators(Street Food Vending/Vendors) involved in food activities;
  7. Sensitization of public on basic Food Safety practices, Food Quality control, Food poisoning and Food Borne diseases awareness through seminars, workshops, jingles, media sponsorships etc;
  8. Intervention on current and emerging Food Safety, Food Quality and Food related issues as it affects the country such as Avian influenza, Ebola, Lassa Fever, issues relating to Food Biosafety and Food Bio-Technology;
  9. Monitoring and capacity building of Laboratory Technicians, Medical Record Keeping Officers, Medical Officers, Statisticians etc in sentinel sites across the nation on Food Borne Disease data collation;
  10. Maintenance of  High Risk Foods profile data bank and surveillance of Food Borne disease outbreaks in the country and collecting, analysing and setting up of Food Borne Disease data bank;
  11. Providing Leadership on Food Safety and Food Quality issues in the country.
  12. Monitoring and Evaluation of the activities of stakeholders on Food Safety and Food Quality issues across the country.



Advancement of sound management of Chemicals throughout their life cycle for sustainable development in Nigeria, to minimize adverse effects to Human Health and Environment.


  1. Establish and oversee the administration of the National Policy on Chemicals Management in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, Nationwide.
  2. Establish and oversee the administration of the National Guidelines on Chemical Poison, information, Control and Management Centers – Mandate of FMOH, from the SAICM International Agreement; Nation-wide.
  3. Coordinate the Health Sector and its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on Chemicals Management Initiatives(IPAN, ICCON, NAFDAC etc)
  4. Sustain the Collaboration with Ministries, Departments .and Agencies (MDAs); and development partners on Chemicals Management projects in Nigeria.
  5. Integrate Chemicals Management International Agreements and activities into existing Health Programmes in FMOH.
  6. Conduct Sensitization Programmes to prevent Chemical Hazards in Mineral Producing States in Nigeria.
  7. Conduct Sensitization programmes on the effect of hazardous Chemicals and Poisonous substances in Oil & Gas Producing States.
  8. Conduct Public awareness activities on the use of Mercury Free Devices in the Health Sector to reduce Mercury emissions in the country.
  9. Create awareness on Nano Technologies and its applications globally.
  10. International Collaborations on Chemicals Management such as SAICM, Basel convention, Minamata Convention, Rotterdam convention, Stockholm convention, etc.
  11. Represent the Ministry at the International convention meetings, International and National Meetings on Chemicals Management.
  12. Waste Management Policy & Guidelines implementation with Federal
  13. Ministry of Environment (FMENv), NESREA alongside other Stakeholders.
  14. Collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) as regards Chemical Management.
  15. Collation and Preparation of Chemical Management Quarterly and Annual Reports, Achievements /Milestones, and Handover Notes of the Ministry.
  16. Provide a database of the various Chemical Management Programmes and projects in the Ministry, and MDAs.
  17. Conduct sensitization Program to prevent the use of chemical and biological weapons in Nigeria



The Programme is charged with the responsibility of  implementing the Nigerian Standard for Drinking Water Quality (NIS.554:2007) through Sensitization/Enlightenment campaigns, Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation to ensure compliance and critical research methods to reduce the incidence of water borne diseases associated with the consumption of unwholesome drinking water across the country.


  1. Development of guidelines for implementation of the NSDWQ (NIS: 554:2007) and periodic review of the Standard.
  2. Development and implementation of National Framework for Drinking Water Quality Monitoring & Surveillance Strategies/Procedures.
  3. Data management and onward distribution of information to the National Health Management Information System, National Bureau of Statistic and other Stakeholders in Health and Water sectors.
  4. Collaboration with national and International partners and relevant stakeholders in the water sector.
  5. Periodic Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance.
  6. Promoting Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Practices
  7. Development of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials, i.e. fliers, posters, radio/TV jingles, etc., for public enlightenment campaign.
  8. Create awareness on the essence of Drinking Water Quality through workshops, seminars, rallies, symposia, print and electronic media.
  9. Organization and Celebration of World Water Day and World Water Week to sensitize the public on the essence of drinking potable water.
  10. Collaborate with other relevant departments and programmes in the FMOH in executing its mandates for effective service delivery on water related diseases.



To ensure safe use of cosmetics products in conformity with International standards to prevent health defect and environmental hazards


  1. Development of  National policy on Cosmetics management and Guidelines for the effective use of cosmetics
  2. Review and harmonize the existing laws and regulations on cosmetics safety in collaboration with national stakeholders
  3. Collection of data on cosmetics safety in collaboration with regulation agencies, manufacturers, and relevant  stakeholder s
  4. Conducts Public enlighment to manufacturers  and Handlers and other stakeholders on the use and safety of cosmetics
  5. Policy monitoring and evaluation on cosmetics
  6. Awareness Programmes in Cosmetics safety through workshop and seminars
  7. Surveillance  and routine inspection in  cosmetics factories ,importers, open market, super market among others.



  1. Central coordinating Unit of the Department on issues of Planning, information, Monitoring and evaluation.
  2. Special Duties.


  1. Serves as FDS departmental planning cell.
  2. Assist in the day to day administration of the department.
  3. Maintain and update departmental staff database, nominal roll with the respective phone number, email address and account numbers of all staff
  4. Co-ordination of departmental budgets, work plan, procurement plan and other related issues.
  5. Providing secretarial services for the departmental top management committee’s meetings.
  6. Serves as the departmental liaison office with other departments on issues relating to planning departmental programmes.
  7. Responsible for the co-ordination of the departmental staff welfare and capacity building.
  8. Carrying out any other special duty that may be assigned by the Head of the Department.



  1. Integrate traditional Medicine into the National health care system;
  2. Promote the development and commercialization of indigenous Nigerian herbal medicinal products.


  1. Development, review and implementation of National policies on Traditional medicine And alternative health care services.
  2. Development, circulation and renew of Nigeria Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
  3. Development of National standards and technical guidelines and methodology for evaluating safety, efficacy and quality of Traditional medicine (TM).
  4. Development of National compendium of medicinal substances of natural origin and its subsequent review.
  5. Development of a National essential list of Traditional medicines.
  6. Regular evaluation and monitoring of standardized traditional medicine in both public and private facilities.
  7. Assessment of claims of traditional medicine treatment of some priority diseases e.g.  HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Diabetes, Hypertension and Sickle cell anemia.
  8. Liaising with appropriate stakeholders dedicated to research and development of traditional medicine.
  9. Responsible to the TM council, while liaising with the TM Boards and committees in the states and Local Governments respectively.
  10. Development, circulation and periodic review of the Nigeria National Pharmacopeia, with monographs of orthodox medicinal substances.
  11. Strengthen co-operation between TM providers and other health care providers.
  12. Promote cultivation and conservation of medicinal plants to ensure their sustainable use.
  13. Encourage local commercial production and marketing of standardized TM.
  14. Develop proper mechanism for the registration of TM in collaboration with NAFDAC.
  15. Provide reliable information to consumers on proper use of available TM therapies and products.
  16. Develop training guidelines for the country’ most commonly used TM therapies.
  17. Ensures protection of TM knowledge through appropriate legislation.
  18. Responsible for the coordination of the departmental capacity building.
  19. Carry out any other duty that may be assigned by the Head of the Department.

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