In Nigeria, the fulcrum of Standardisation and Regulation of quality for all products is vested in the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON). Established by Act No. 56 of 1971 and with three amendments in 1976, 1984 and 1990, SON as a corporate body have the sole responsibility for National Policy on Standards, Standards Specification, Quality Control and Metro-logy, Manufactured Industrial and imported products and services.
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria is an active member of the African Regional Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), Codex Alimentarius Commission, which is the Food Standardisation Organ of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and is also a member of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria is also an intending member of the World Standards Services Network (WSSN), International Electro-technical Commission (IEC)(associate member) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
SON participates fully in the programmes and activities of international bodies and appropriate UN agencies, in particular, UNIDO and UNICEF, in the interest of Nigeria.
From January 2013, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) officially released a new SONCAP process with a completely revised conformity assessment structure.