The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON has issued any ultimatum to manufacturers and importers on it’s yet to be inaugurated Product Authentication Mark scheme.

SON Director-General, Osita Aboloma, in a statement in Abuja, explained that the programme is still in the works, awaiting approval from relevant authorities. He also advised manufacturers and importers to disregard the purported ultimatum, published in some news media.

Aboloma added that adequate notice would be given to stakeholders as usual before introduction of any new programme.

The Product Authentication Mark is being conceived to empower consumers in taking informed decisions on the genuinene or otherwise of the organisation’s regulated products at the point of purchase.

He said the programme, when introduced, would complement existing quality assurance initiatives like the offshore Conformity Assessment Programme, SONCAP for imported products.

The Director-General explained that it will also complement the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme for made-in-Nigeria products and the Electronic Products Registration Scheme for developing a data base of products in Nigeria for traceability.