Saturday, July 31st, 2021

SON Introduces Product Authentication Mark (PAM)

Product Authentication Mark (PAM) has been introduced by the Standards Organization of Nigeria. This is in line with Section 5 of the SON Act No. 14 of 2015 to ensure the authenticity and traceability of products certified to have met the requirements of the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standards or other approved specifications in Nigeria.

This notification from the Standard Organization of Nigeria was issued yesterday and it applies to all imported products from January 2020.

The objective of the Product Authentication Mark (PAM) is to provide assurance to Nigeria consumers on products and guarantee value for money, and to ensure effective control of non-complying products in the Nigeria market.

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Likewise, the Product Authentication Mark (PAM) is to protect genuine importers from faking and product adulteration by ensuring that only SONCAP certified products are in the markets in the long run.

To obtain the Product Authentication Mark (PAM), importers of SONCAP certified products shall apply for issuance of PAM by completing an application form online, on SON website HERE

Application of PAM stickers must be submitted before SON final clearance of the goods from the Ports of Entry.

For MANCAP certified products, application for Product Authentication Mark (PAM) is voluntary and shall be submitted prior to the production of every batch of product with details of certification information.

The manufacturer shall provide half year estimated quantities of certified products retail/sales unit expected to be produced and pay for same.

Importers of their authorized representative shall affix the Product Authentication Mark (PAM) only on retail units of certified products as per the terms and conditions for use of the marks.

If the placement of the PAM on retail unit is not possible, the Mark shall be affixed on a package containing two or more retail units provided the retail cost of a single unit shall not be more than N50.00.

Any person, organization or other corporate body that affix PAM on a product not authorized to bear the Mark, for example, because there is no record of the product in question having been certified is liable for criminal action in accordance with the SON Act 14 of 2015 of Nigeria.

Imported products already in the market can be sold without the new Product Authentication Mark (PAM) up to 31st of October 2020. No imported product subject to this regulation will be allowed for sale in Nigerian markets without the PAM from November 1, 2020.

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