SONCAP Product Registration and Certificate

SONCAP Product Registration and Certificate

Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP) Certificate 

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme – SONCAP Certificate is a mandatory document for customs clearance of SONCAP regulated goods under the import requirements of the Federal Government of Nigeria. The primary objective of SONCAP is to ensure the quality of products, health and safety, and environmental protection for Nigerians

Consignments of regulated products have to be verified for compliance to relevant Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) sanctioned or other approved standards and essential requirements. Each shipment of goods or products subject to SONCAP must be accompanied by  SONCAP Certificate (SC).

The Certificate of Conformity (CoC) / SONCAP Certificate (SC) confirm that the products comply with the relevant Nigerian technical regulations and approved international /regional / national standards.

Scope of Goods or Products subject to SONCAP

The current regulated list includes all imported goods to be regulated by SONCAP except for the following:

  • Chemicals used as raw material by bonafide manufacturers
  • Drugs (Medicines)
  • Food products
  • Goods classified as contraband by the Federal Government of Nigeria
  • Medicals other than equipment and machines
  • Military wares & equipment
  • Used products other than automobiles

The compliance verification process involves physical inspection of the consignment and if necessary, sample selection for testing purposes based on the applicable
route selected for certification.

The SONCAP structure includes 3 distinct shipment certification routes subject to the frequency of shipment and the type of Exporter.

Route A – For Unregistered/Unlicensed Products

“Product Certificate 1 - Unregistered Status” is applicable to all Exporters / Traders / Suppliers or Manufacturers who wish to export goods to Nigeria.

It is one time registration that can be used for that particular shipment only and for multiple product categories, subject to Mandatory Product Testing and Shipment Inspection.

Route B – For Registered Products

Product Certificate 2 - Registered Status” is applicable to Exporters who are Supplier or Manufacturers or who have their manufacturing units.

This registration can be used for multiple shipments within the validity period of the certificate. Shipments will be subjected to Periodic Shipment Inspection and Testing.

Option 1: Exporters from Route A having four compliant shipments and have satisfactorily completed factory audit could be elevated from Route A to Route B.

Option 2: The Exporter can directly apply for a Product Certificate 2 (Registered Status) without going through the -Route A process

Route C – For Licensed Product

“Product Certificate 3 - Licensed Status” is applicable for Manufacturers only.

This license can be used for multiple shipments within the validity period of the certificate. Periodic Inspection and Testing will be done twice a year.

Option 1: If the Exporter from Route B has four compliant shipments and has satisfactorily completed factory audit could be elevated from Route B to Route C.

Option 2: The Exporter can directly apply for Product Certificate 3 (Licensed Status), whereby the Independent Accredited Firm (IAF) perform factory audit at their manufacturing unit and the Product Certificate 3 (Licensed Status) will be issued upon successful evaluation of audit reports

Note:
The SONCAP Certificate issued by an Independent Accredited Firm (IAF) must include the Importer’s Tax Identification Number (TIN) as this is a mandatory data field for SONCAP Certificate activation

The Product Certificate issued by an IAF is required by the Importer to obtain a form ‘M’. The Form ‘M’ is used by Importers to declare their intention to import goods to Nigeria.

Form M

The Form ‘M’ is a letter of intent of the Importers to declare their intention to import goods to Nigeria.

The Product Certificate 1 (Unregistered Status), Product Certificate 2 (Registered Status) or the Product Certificate 3 (Licensed Status) is a mandatory document which has to be submitted by the Importer to the relevant Nigerian authorities in order to obtain the M form.

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