Current State of Livestock Sector in West Africa

                The livestock sector impacts West Africa life from all levels. Socially, economically, and culturally, the livestock market is a critical component to West African life. However, lately it has become increasingly difficult to maintain the livestock, as disease and infections have affected many of the animal populations. Although many health constraints have disappeared, other major epizootics must be addressed. Veterinary medicines such as antibiotics, anti-parasitics can provide relief, however fraud counterfeit medicines along with incorrect use are major impediments today. To address these concerns, West African countries drafted legislative and regulatory texts to ensure appropriate registration of medicinal products. Despite support from EMUWA, there are still measures to be taken to ensure the lives of West African people and animals.

Solutions and Measures Taken to Address Concerns

                When purchasing veterinary medicines, it is important to consider if your supplier is following proper registration. Most of West Africa’s leading livestock producing companies have drawn up and adopted aforementioned legislative and regulatory texts. Additionally, most West African countries require a Marketing Authorization which are strict guidelines and procedures that a supplier must adhere to in order to sell a product. There are two critical components to a marketing authorization. The first is an administrative dossier. In the application letter, the precise name, dosage, pharmaceutical form and packaging must be contained and addressed to regulatory authorities. The administrative dossier is also important because it is where the supplier submits certified copies of the manufacturer’s license and good manufacturing license.  The second form is the technical dossier. The technical dossier is essentially an extension of the administrative and provides greater details on products. The technical dossier provides the complete formula and the test methods and results of medicinal product tests. Manufacturing techniques and conditions are also described here.

What Are the Next Steps?

                Overall, West African laboratories have had difficulty meeting the standards required by the governmental agencies. There strict guidelines require to have well-equipped manufacturers and need greater human capital and financial resource than what is found in West Africa. Mercator has had success in these markets as there is a desperate need for quality controlled product. We have invested in regulatory measures to ensure that GMP is followed in both the veterinary and medicinal areas of our business.  By following these guidelines, we are able to make a difference in the region by providing safe, effective products. For more information on how Mercator is impacting West Africa and other countries please visit us at