Policies: Prescription & Fake Medications  



Below is a list of national regulators in AFRICA to help address fake medicines - Click on each one for more information: 


Comprehensive List of National Regulators Worldwide:

  • Click Here for a list of regulatory authorities worldwide regarding matters of national approvals and drug import licences. This page is continuously developing. If you wish to correct or add to any information displayed below, please contact CRASH@Lshtm.ac.uk

  • Also Click Here for WHO website listing with similar instructions: 



Nigeria: Drugs, Products Regulatory Agencies Get N49 Billion in 3 Years

Nigeria has spent nearly N50 billion in the last three years to fight illicit drugs, as well as substandard products and food in the country. But drug abuse and trafficking continue to rise even as fake and substandard products find their way into the country, Daily Trust's investigation shows. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), and the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) are the key federal agencies responsible for drugs, food, and products regulations. Learn More.

What Kenya is doing to fight fake drugs

Essential medicines save lives and improve health when they are of assured quality, available, affordable and promptly used. Quality is the key word here. Substandard and falsified medical products can lead to devastating consequences on families, health systems and the economy. When medicines do not work the way they should, they can prolong illness and in the worst case scenario people die. Substandard medicines are now a threat to global security and threaten to undermine progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn More.

NAFDAC Working With Chinese, Korean Agencies On Safety Of Imported Drugs – DG

Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, says the agency is working with Chinese and Korean agencies to ensure that imported drugs are safe for Nigerians. Prof. Adeyeye gave the assurance on Wednesday at the University of Jos public lecture which she delivered on ‘Drug Security and National Development: Prospects and Challenges’. Adeyeye was speaking against the backdrop of recent reports, alleging that some drugs from China were made of human parts and were imported into Nigeria. Learn More.

Nigerian girls win Silicon Valley contest for app that spots fake drugs

Five months ago Jessica Osita had never used a computer, sent an email or even browsed the internet, yet she is part of a team of five teenagers who have just won a major tech award in California. Despite their limited tech knowledge, the Nigerian teens learned how to build a mobile app from scratch by using opensource software from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The app, called FD-Detector, helps users identify fake medicines using a drug's barcode to verify its authenticity and expiration date. Learn More.