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.

Dear PACTR user

We are contacting you as a PACTR user to inform you of the launch of  the new, improved PACTR.

The Pan African Clinical Trial Registry (PACTR) has been redeveloped with the aim of providing a more user-friendly, easy-to-navigate website for researchers, policymakers, funders and the public. PACTR is a regional clinical trials registry which aims to serve the needs of African clinical trials, African clinicians and trial participants.

In order for the successful migration of the data to the revised database there will unfortunately be a period during which you may not be able to work on the database.  This will be from 16:30 (SA time) on Friday, 15 June 2018 for approximately two weeks.  We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The revised database will be available at www.pactr.org. Detail regarding the new login procedure will be communicated to you in a separate message.

Some of the improved features include:

  • Easy navigation
  • An easy-to-search GIS map showing clinical trial locations by subject
  • Optimised search functions with easy-to-download formats

PACTR is the only African WHO-endorsed primary registry of clinical trials conducted in Africa. It is open-access and trials are registered free of charge. PACTR was originally developed in 2006 with a focus on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  In 2009 it was expanded to include all conditions and renamed PACTR. Currently nearly 1500  trials are registered on the database. PACTR is based at the South African Medical Research Council and is managed by Cochrane South Africa with initial funding from the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).

Feedback on the website and its new features is welcomed. If you have any specific issues with your submissions or any general problems please contact us.

Kind regards

Elizabeth Pienaar
On behalf of the PACTR Team (Tamara Kredo, Lindi Mathebula, Duduzile Ndwandwe)

In addition, PACTR provides a searchable, electronic database of planned trials and trials currently in progress. Those wishing to search the database of trials, can do so from the homepage, by clicking on the “search” link. There is no need to register on the site if you simply want to search the database.

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.

Start-up funding for PACTR was provided through a grant from the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and is based at The South African Cochrane Centre (SACC), which is located at the South African Medical Research Council (MRC). 
The registry is working in collaboration with  The Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group (CIDG), (based at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine), the Cochrane HIV/AIDS Group (based at the University of San Francisco and the SACC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).


Please note: The ATM Clinical Trials Registry has been expanded to include all health conditions and renamed the Pan African Clinical Trials Registry (PACTR).