Associations, groups and societies

Clinical Research South Africa

This website was developed by clinical research professionals in South Africa to increase the awareness of clinical research and to serve as a mechanism to stimulate more research activities in South Africa. The project was initiated and managed by PIASA and SACRA. Partnership support has been received from the Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town.  This initiative is in line with the recommendations of the Academy of Science Consensus Report on the Revitalisation of Clinical Research in South Africa of 2009”: See Professor Bongani M Mayosi of the Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital & University of Cape Town  speak about 'Transforming the Science Cohort in South Africa'


South African Clinical Research Association

SACRA is a non-profit organisation representing the clinical research industry in South Africa. This group provides a forum for information-sharing, networking and the exchange of ideas. They are an invaluable resource for information on industry-specific news, advances, issues, trends and regulations. Also, they arrange informative quarterly meetings in Johannesburg and Cape Town with speakers from relevant industry sectors.


African Evidence Network

The Africa Evidence Network (AEN) is a community of people who work in Africa and have an interest in evidence, its production and use in decision-making. The Network is supported by the Africa Centre for Evidence within the University of Johannesburg and includes researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from universities, civil society and government.


Cochrane South Africa

Cochrane South Africa (SA) is part of the global, independent Cochrane network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health. Hosted by the South African Medical Research Council, Cochrane is a non-profit organisation that prepares and disseminates information (in the form of reviews) on what works and what doesn’t in health care. These reviews enable policy makers, health service providers and the public to make informed decisions about health care.  


South African Medical Device Industry Association

This organisation aims to develop a sustainable medical device industry by responsibly improving patient access to innovative health technology. Its goals are to ensure a sustainable medical device industry in South Africa, promote innovation and better patient outcomes in a responsible manner and encourage ethical principles and practices.


Training providers (please contact us if you would like your organisation to be added)

CREDE (Clinical Research Education and Development)

CREDE (Clinical Research, Education, and Development) is an independent organization that provides GCP and other clinical research training, education and development. We are focused on the clinical research environment in South Africa and the rest of Africa. Our training sessions are unique because they are fun, customized, topical, and accredited.

ACRO (African Clinical Research Organisation)

ACRO is the first South African, full-service, black economic empowerment, contract research organisation. We offer services both in Southern Africa and in other African regions. The Training & Capacity Building Department joins with the four other service areas to ensure clients receive an integrated service tailored to their needs.

Academic Advance (Wits Health Consortium)

Academic Advance is a division of Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Ltd, a wholly owned Company of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa) under its Faculty of Health Sciences. Academic Advance was established to address the increasing training needs of  organisations operating within a donor funded and clinical research environment and is well equipped and experienced to provide related training. Our academy aims to empower organisations and individuals to deliver the desired results in their work through the provision of effective training and support services.



UCT Clinical Research Centre

The University of Cape Town's Clinical Research Centre provides a collaborative platform for all Clinical Research Entities within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town Aside from support work at various UCT clinical research facilities, they offer comprehensive, free online tools, templates and other resources to support the design, implementation, data/quality management and analysis of clinical research.


Center Watch

CenterWatch, is a leading source of clinical trials information for both clinical research professionals and patients. They offer several professional, educational and informative services and resources from news and analysis on the industry to trial listings seeking study volunteers. They have a user-friendly online resource which allows you to see which trials in South African sites are currently recruiting participants.



MedicalBrief is Africa’s authoritative weekly medical news digest, providing a succinct summary of the latest medical research, news and policy developments, with the links for speedy access to the original source documents. MedicalBrief is a project of the African Medical Brief Foundation, working in partnership with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. The material is delivered directly to subscribers by weekly email to keep the busy clinician abreast of latest developments. More than 90% of subscribers are in South Africa, but MedicalBrief has a growing base of southern and east African readers.


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