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The partnerships of Southern Africa countries and European Union to ensure the quality, safety and efficacy of the development of new treatments, vaccines and diagnostics against poverty related diseases.

The growing amount, complexity and response timeliness of clinical trials in Africa is a challenge in which the National Drugs Regulatory Authorities are at the forefront.

Within this context, a consortium composed by five Southern African and European institutes and organizations put together their excellences to submit a proposal to the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) for a research project to be implemented in Mozambique, Botswana, Eswatini and Lesotho.

The project is entitled “SouthErn Africa Regulatory for Clinical researcH” (SEARCH), and it is aimed at increasing the regulatory capacities for review of clinical trials in Southern Africa by establishing European-African collaborations that facilitates implementation of efficient processes, harmonized procedures, standardized guidelines and effective training programs.

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