South African Medical Association



South African Medical Association Research Ethics Committee - SAMAREC

Dr N Naidoo
BSc, BMedSc, MBBCh, MPH, MMed (Clin Path), FC Path(SA) Clin
Clinical Pathologist Chairperson
Medical Professional, Indian, Male
Ms T Coetzee
PG Dip (Health Res Ethics); M Phil (Applied Ethics)
Research Ethics Project Manager Vice Chairperson
Research Ethics Expert, White, Female
Prof J R Snyman
MBChB, M Pharm Med, MD
Pharmacologist Research Ethics Expert, Experience in Quantitative Research Methodologies, Expert in biostatistics, White, Male
Dr M Groenewald
MBChB, DCH (SA), PG Dip Int Res Ethics(UCT)
General Practitioner Research Ethics Expert, Medical Professional, White, Female
Prof M Kakaza
MBChB, Mmed(Neuro)
Specialist Neurologist SAE Officer
Research Ethics Expert, Medical Professional, Black, Female
Mrs B Fineberg
BSc (Hons); H.D.E
Educator Layperson, White, Female
Ms N Madolo
BHSc Biomedical Science
Quantitative Research Quantitative Research, Black, Female
Mr R Masemola
BCom(Law), LLB, Cert. in Corp Govern
Legal Advisor Legal Representative, Medico Legal Advisor, Black, Male
Ms M Ratsiu
Dip. Biomedical Sciences, BSc, Hons Epidemiology & Biostatistics, MSc Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Epidemiology & Biostatistics Biostatistician, Black, Female
Ms K Ledibane
BA in Communications, Hons Psychology, MA Forensic Psychology
Psychologist Counsellor, Community Representative, Black, Female
Mr M Shackleton
LLB, LLM, PG Course in Corporate Law
Legal Advisor Legal Representative, White, Male
Dr S Nyamathe
MBChB, Dip Public Health, MSc Child Health
Public Health Clinician SAE Officer
Medical Professional, Qualitative Research, Black, Female

The South African Medical Association Research Ethics Committee (SAMAREC) was established by the SA Medical Association (SAMA) in 1992 to evaluate the ethics of research protocols developed for clinical trials to be conducted in the private healthcare sector.

The main responsibility of SAMAREC is to ensure the protection and respect of the rights, safety and well being of participants involved in clinical trials and to provide public assurance of that protection by reviewing, approving and providing comment on clinical trial protocols, the suitability of investigator(s), facilities, methods and procedures used to obtain informed consent.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Guidelines

Click on the link below to download:

  1. 1. SAMAREC App Form
  2. 2. SAMAREC Standard Operating Procedures
  3. 3. SAMAREC Standard Operating Procedure Annexures
  4. 4. SAMAREC Rapid Review Guidelines
  5. 5. SAMAREC Auditing Guidelines
  6. 6. SAMAREC Active Audit Form
  7. 7. SAMAREC Passive Audit Report
  8. 8. SAMAREC Report Form SAE
  9. 9. SAMAREC Whistle Blower
  10. 10. SAMAREC Risk Assessment
  11. 11. SAMAREC Research Proposals
  12. 12. SAMAREC Decisional Analysis Guidelines
  13. 13. SAMAREC Continuing Review Annual Renewal Recertification
  14. 14. SAMAREC Terms of Reference
  15. 15. DOH Ethics in Health Research Guidelines 2024
  16. 16. SA Good Clinical Practice Guidelines 2020

SAMAREC Whistle Blower

The SAMA Research Ethics Committee (SAMAREC) calls on all study staff or participants to ask questions about your participation in any of our approved studies. Please report any problems or concerns you may have about any study. You may contact the Research Ethics Committee (REC) anonymously on this page

SAMAREC is a REC whose committee members provide Research Ethics Committee services for participants and study staff involved in research studies in the Private Sector in South Africa.

This form will be submitted anonymously

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