Clinical Trial Registry – SANCTR.

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Clinical Trial Registry – South Africa

The South African National Clinical Trials Register provides the public with updated information on clinical trials on human participants being conducted in South Africa. The Register provides you with information on a trials purpose; who can participate, where the trial is located, and contact details.

The SA National Clinical Trials Register(SANCTR)  is an important tool for monitoring and managing new clinical trials. The questions being investigated, findings of studies as well as mapping of locations, funders, funding, research institutions and progress towards developing new capacity in the area are some of the issues that the register can assist the research community in addressing.

A Notification to Note!! In November 2005, the Department of Health issued a notice that as from the 1st December 2005 all new clinical trials to be conducted in the country must be registered in the South African National Clinical Trials Register. The notice also explained that trials that started recruiting as of 1st July 2005 must also be registered.

NHREC Electronic Application Site: ( can be used for applying for an account and capturing trial information.

A Regional Clinical Trial Registry of South Africa- PACTR

The Pan African Clinical Trials Registry (PACTR) is a regional register of clinical trials conducted in Africa. The registry is an African initiative serving the needs of Africans. It provides an open-access platform where clinical trials can be registered free of charge. The PACTR aims to increase clinical trial registration in Africa by developing awareness of the need to register trials and supporting trialists during registration.

Uniqueness of PACTR

The PACTR is unique in recognising that African trialists face additional challenges in trial registration and seeks to provide feasible ways of overcoming these. For example, a common problem for individuals living in sub-Saharan Africa is limited, unreliable and costly internet access. With this in mind, the registry provides alternative means of trial registration for registrants who do not have reliable access to the internet. Trials may be registered manually by email, postal mail or facsimile correspondence and trial registration is free.

The Registry aims to:

      1. Provide a repository for prospective registration of clinical trials conducted in Africa.

  1. Promote prospective clinical trial registration in the African region.
  2. Ensure the WHO-stipulated minimum dataset for registered trials is publicly and freely available to all users of the registry.
  1. Provide a searchable database of all clinical trials conducted in Africa.

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