The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) earlier planned to begin the implementation of new regulations relating to the usage of Product Authentication Mark (PAM) on February 2, 2018, with a two month transition period culminating in March 31,2020,but it did not take effect.
Section 5 of the SON Act No.14 of 2015 inter alia,provides that part of the responsibilities of SON is to ensure the authenticity and traceability of the products that have been certified to have met the requirements of the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standards or other approved specifications in Nigeria.
The implementation of PAM on all imported products into Nigeria commenced from January, 2020. However, imported products that are already in the market can be sold without the new PAM up to October 31, 2020. At the expiration of this period,no imported product subject to this regulation will be allowed for sale in any part of Nigeria or Nigerian markets without the PAM. Any Importer that has huge old stock that is likely to be in the market after the deadline is advised to apply and acquire the new Product Authentication Mark (PAM) from SON.When this is not done, the products shall be assumed substandard or counterfeit and shall be seized and destroyed.
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