HOW DO I REGISTER MY PRODUCT WITH THE STANDARDS ORGANIZATION OF NIGERIA (SON)?

HOW DO I REGISTER MY PRODUCT WITH THE STANDARDS ORGANIZATION OF NIGERIA (SON)?

September 09, 2018

The Standard Organization of Nigeria is the body vested with the responsibility to make sure that products that are locally manufactured in Nigeria have the required level of satisfaction desired by consumers. They achieve this by making sure that companies comply with the policies of the government on standardization and also assess the products for conformity. In order to discharge this responsibility,

PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION;

The registration is in two ways, namely, E-PRODUCT and MANCAP registration.

  • E-PRODUCT REGISTRATION (FOR IMPORTED AND LOCALLY MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS)

HOW TO DO THE E-PRODUCT REGISTRATION;

  1. Visit the SON portal @ son.gov.ng
  2. On the home page, click “e-product registration” then “continue”
  3. For a new company registration, click “New Account”, enter the RC/Business number (i.e. RC1234) and a valid email address
  4. Click “Sign Up”. A password will be sent to your email
  5. Go back to the Sign In page and enter the RC Number, email address and password
  6. The next page requires you to fill in the company details. After doing it, click “Continue”.
  7. A payment advice will be issued. You may print it and take it to ANY bank where an RRR code will be generated to make the payment.
  8. After making the payment, go back to www.son.gov.ng and click on the e-Product Payment and input your payment details.

SCAN AND UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS IN JPEG OR PDF FORMAT AND LESS THAN 30KB

  1. CAC certificate
  2. Picture of the product
  3. Power of attorney (if you are an importer)
  4. Manufacturer’s agreement (if you are an importer)
  5. Trade mark certificate (if you are a manufacturer or an importer with a brand name).
  • Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP)

The Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) is a mandatory product certification scheme put in place by SON to ensure that all locally manufactured products in the country conform to the relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) before such products are presented for sale in the market or exported.

The procedures for MANCAP certification involve:

  1. Inspection of the production processes.
  2. Sampling and testing of the products against the relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) to confirm compliance through conformity assessment processes.
  3. Report of inspections and test results are compiled by State Offices and forwarded to Product Certification Directorate for evaluation and recommendation for SON Management’s approval for certification.
  4. If the product meets the requirement of the relevant Nigerian Industrial Standard, MANCAP certificate and MANCAP logo which bears a unique number for that product is issued for the product upon payment of applicable administrative charges.

A MANCAP certificate is valid for three years after which the product must undergo recertification.

The MANCAP logo is to be fixed on the smallest unit pack of the product after which the product can be introduced into the market for sale.

The product is monitored through periodic factory inspections and testing to ensure consistent compliance to the Nigerian Industrial Standard by SON officials.

  • NOTE THAT YOU CAN DECIDE TO DO THE MANCAP REGISTRATION WITHOUT DOING THE E-PRODUCT REGISTRATION. HOWEVER, MANCAP REGISTRATION TAKES MORE TIME, THUS IT IS ADVISABLE TO DO THE E-PRODUCT FIRST, PENDING WHEN THE MANCAP WILL BE CONCLUDED.

Note that all consumer goods are subject to registration by the SON before they can be introduced to the market for sale or exported, as the case may be. It is illegal to sell unregistered products in Nigeria markets or to export same.

For further information or any assistance you may require concerning the registration process, log on to our website on www.618bees.com or call us on +23412803791. We are also available to render fast, seamless service to assist you with the process.

Team 618 Bees.

 

 

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