1) What does SONCAP stand for?
SONCAP stands for the Standards Organization of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program
2) What is the objective of SONCAP?
The SONCAP is a product conformity scheme whose objective is to help ensure that products exported to Nigeria meet minimum safety requirements. This will help ensure that Nigerian consumers are not exposed to potentially unsafe and sub-standard goods
3) What products are covered by the SONCAP?
Products covered by the SONCAP are termed Regulated Products. The Regulated Products are shown below and will be refined from time to time to ensure SONCAP is meeting its objective,
- All electrical and electronic products for use in residential, office, retail and leisure environments e.g. household appliances, IT products, communication products, lighting products, audio-visual products that could be used by members of the public whether in their homes or otherwise
- Motor vehicle tyres
- Automotive glass
- Vehicle spare parts and vehicle CKD
- Motor vehicle batteries
- Gas Appliances
- Galvanised steel, steel bars, sheets
- Food and Food Products
4) What are the benefits of SONCAP to Nigeria?
SONCAP will enhance the protection of the Nigerian consumer from unsafe and sub-standard products. In addition it will help Nigerian manufacturers to compete on a level playing field with imports since it will help prevent the import of products which are often cheaper due to their non compliance with safety standards
5) What will happen if SONCAP is not complied with?
Regulated Products arriving at Nigerian ports without the necessary Certificate required by SONCAP may be rejected at the port and refused release. The importer/exporter will then be required to re-export the goods or face delays while the goods are sampled and then tested to safety standards. The exporter/importer will be expected to bear all expenses related to this activity
6) When does SONCAP come into force?
The SONCAP has been in a voluntary transition period since 01 March 2005. From 01 September 2005 SONCAP will become mandatory for products within its scope.
7) Who enforces the SONCAP?
The SONCAP will be enforced by the SON Enforcement Unit. The presentation of SONCAP Certification , which consists of a Product Certificate and a SONCAP Certificate will be the means through which the SONCAP will be enforced. Both of these items are mandatory clearance documents for Regulated Products in addition to any PSI documentation.
8) Who has to demonstrate compliance with the SONCAP?
The responsibility for demonstrating compliance lies with the exporter to Nigeria. The compliance process should be undertaken in the country of export
9) How do exporters show compliance with the SONCAP?
Compliance with the SONCAP is a two stage process.
The first stage, Product Certification, is applicable only the first time that you wish to export a particular type or model of product. A Product Certificate will be issued after the submission of an acceptable Test Report to the local SON Country Office. The resulting Product Certificate can be valid for up to three years. The second stage, SONCAP Certification, is applicable on a shipment by shipment basis.