New SONCAP Programme Implemented 1st March 2013

SON implement new SONCAP Programme

In January 2013, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) officially released a new SONCAP regime with a completely revised conformity assessment structure. The programme now encompasses conformity assessment and verification procedures applicable to all products imported into Nigeria except for those under the exemption list.

The implementation date for this new SONCAP structure is 1st March 2013. The compliance verification process under the new structure will involve physical inspection of the consignment and if necessary, sample selection for testing based on a risk assessment criteria. The shipment certification document under the new structure issued by the SONCAP Independent Accredited Firms (IAF) such as Intertek is called a “Certificate of Conformity (CoC)”. SON will issue the SONCAP Certificate to the Importer on the basis of a CoC.

Whilst the requirements of this new SONCAP regime have become quite complex, Intertek assures all Exporters of its full support and assistance.

Please refer to the new Exporter Guidelines on our Nigeria webpage http://www.intertek.com/government/product-conformity/exports/nigeria/

If you have any questions on the requirements for the new SONCAP contact your local Intertek Country Office.

 

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