In January 2013, Cotecna was officially appointed by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to join Nigeria’s revised Standard Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP).
This program was introduced by the Federal Government of Nigeria to address the concern of unsafe products entering the country and to protect the health and safety of Nigerian consumers. In order to clear their goods in Nigeria, importers are required to have the following documents for every consignment of regulated products:
- Product Certificate (PC), either unregistered, registered or licensed
- SONCAP Certificate (SC)
Cotecna, as an accredited inspection and certification body, can accompany exporters and importers throughout this conformity assessment process and assist them in obtaining the necessary Product Certificate and SONCAP Certificate.
SONCAP Exempted Products
All products, other than those listed below, are regulated under the SONCAP program. The exempted products are:
- Food products
- Medical products other than equipment and machines
- Chemical products used as raw materials by bonafide manufacturers
- Military wares & equipment
- Goods classified as contraband by the Federal Government of Nigeria
- Used products other than automobiles
- Machinery (or related spare parts) destined for use by bonafide manufacturers* who intend to use this for their own manufacturing purposes. They are advised to apply to the SON for a SONCAP import permit.
* Please note that, to be recognised as a bonafide manufacturer, you have to be registered with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), otherwise you will not be able to apply for an import permit and will have to go through the normal procedure.
Nigeria Conformity Assessment Process
Cotecna’s mandate includes the physical inspection, sampling and testing of goods in fully ISO 17025 accredited laboratories. Factory audits may also be carried out to ensure production is compliant with Nigerian standards.
To assess the conformity of a shipment, the Verification of Conformity process will follow one of the three levels of compliance, named “routes”. The choice of the route depends on the profile of the exporter. These are:
- Route A for exporters with infrequent shipments (unregistered & unlicensed products)
- Route B for exporters with regular shipments (registered products)
- Route C for manufacturers with regular and high volume shipments (licensed products)
If you have any questions or would like to receive a quotation for your exports to Nigeria, please contact us using the form below.
Please note that to receive a quote you will need to provide us with at least the following export documents: