The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has developed a product authentication mark (PAM) in order to check the influx of substandard manufactured and imported products into the market.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, the SON Director-General, Mallam Farouk Salim, described PAM as one of the organisation’s initiatives to allow consumers to verify the authenticity of all SON-regulated products in the market.
He expressed the hope that the mark will help to address the influx of substandard products into the country.
“This is one of the initiatives of the organisation to enable consumers to verify the authenticity of all SON-regulated products in the market. It will also address the challenges of the presence of substandard products in Nigeria,” Farouk said, adding that the organisation is empowered by the provisions of the SON Act 2015, to amongst other things, facilitate trade and to ensure that all imported and manufactured products meet the requirements of the relevant standards thereby promoting public safety, improve the lives and security of citizens and also, to protect our industries.
Justifying the need for the PAM initiative, the SON boss said, “In line with this mandate, the organisation, over the years, has substantially reduced the importation, manufacturing, and distribution of substandard products in the country through its mandatory conformity assessment and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria conformity assessment.