THE ROLE OF REGULATORY AUTHORITIES IN THE REGULATION AND CONTROL OF HERBAL MEDICINES: A CASE STUDY OF NAFDAC

Authors

  • Michael Alurame Eruaga National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Abuja, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/imsrj.v4i3.917

Abstract

This paper examines the pivotal role of regulatory authorities in governing and overseeing the production, distribution, and consumption of herbal medicines, with a specific focus on the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria. Through an extensive literature review and analysis of regulatory frameworks, this study elucidates the challenges and opportunities associated with regulating herbal medicines within a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. It investigates NAFDAC's mandate, regulatory processes, and enforcement mechanisms in ensuring the safety, efficacy, and quality of herbal products. Additionally, this paper explores case studies and regulatory interventions implemented by NAFDAC to address issues such as adulteration, contamination, and mislabeling of herbal medicines. By critically assessing NAFDAC's role and performance in regulating herbal medicines, this study provides valuable insights into the complexities of herbal medicine regulation and underscores the importance of robust regulatory oversight in safeguarding public health and promoting rational herbal medicine use.

Keywords:  Herbal, Medicine, Regulatory, Authority, NAFDAC, Nigeria.

Published

2024-03-17

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