The South African Cochrane Centre (SACC), in partnership with The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the Cochrane Infectious Disease Group, has established an international registry for all clinical trials conducted in Africa (The Pan African Clinical Trials Registry- PACTR).

The project is funded by the EDCTP and is managed by the South African Cochrane Centre which is a not-for-profit organization and is part of the South African Medical Research Council. The South African Medical Research Council (MRC) is a statutory body, one of South Africa's eight science councils, with its main aim to improve the nation's health status and quality of life through relevant and excellent health research aimed at promoting equity and development. The MRC is funded by the South African government and national and international grants.

The Registry is advised by an Advisory Group whose role includes:

  • Assisting the PACTR Clinical Trials Registry Working Group
  • Providing advice and support to the Pan African Clinical Trials Registry Working Group in relation to operational, logistical, political and financial aspects of the registry
  • Highlighting the views and needs of Pan African Clinical Trials Registry stakeholders, collaborators and partners
  • Monitoring the progress in establishing and developing the Pan African Clinical Trials Registry into a comprehensive, up-to-date trials registry for all HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria clinical trials conducted in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Advising and guiding the Working Group in it's effort to achieve the strategic vision of the registry

The main role of the Working Group is to ensure that the Pan African Clinical Trial Registry complies with the international standards for clinical trial registration and that the Registry meets the terms and conditions set out in the grant agreement as well as the needs of its users (researchers, health professionals, funders and sponsors, policy makers and the lay public).