Group photograph of SON and NIPRD Chief Executives and Management Staff after the working visit.

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has committed to assisting the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) in human and systems capacity development towards improved access to healthcare in Nigeria.

This commitment was made during a working visit of the Director General of NIPRD Dr. Peter Obi Adigwe and his management to his SON counterpart, Osita Aboloma Esq. in his Abuja Corporate Headquarters recently.
The SON Director General promised to provide necessary concessions to NIPRD in training of its officials in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Quality Management Systems (QMS) Standards and the conversion of its systems certification to the most recent 2015 standards.
He described public service as a journey and posited that public officers should optimize their time in office to improve the lives of Nigerians and growth of the Nation’s economy through Standards and Quality Assurance.
Aboloma acknowledged the existing mutually beneficial relationship between NIPRD and SON. He promised to strengthen it, through greater involvement of NIPRD’s personel in standards development, review and adoption activities.
Speaking earlier, NIPRD Director General, Dr. Peter Obi Adigwe said he cherished his relationship with SON as former Executive Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Group of the Manufacturer’s  Association of Nigeria as much as the NIPRD institutional relationship with SON.
He stated that the Institute is focusing on new and novel molecules development to ensure that Nigerians have greater access to healthcare facilities and services.
Dr. Adigwe sought SON’s support and assistance in human and institutional capacity development particularly in training more of NIPRD personnel as QMS Auditors in addition to the 12 existing Auditors in the Institute.
The NIPRD DG also requested for SON waivers in the training of personnel and conversion of the QMS certification to the most updated 2015 version as well as a possible extension in the dateline for the QMS conversion.

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