​​​​Centre for Medical Ethics and Law​

CPD Activities​​ - ​​​GCP training courses​

​Good Clinical Practice

The Centre for Medical Ethics and Law (previously known as the Bioethics Unit) has been presenting Good Clinical Practices courses since 2003. The Centre currently presents basic and refresher GCP training to all researchers in the Western Cape. We also have a GCP refresher course available online(ERECCA). Since 2003 a total of 2228 people have been trained via attendance courses.  More than 989 people have completed the online course (ERECCA) since it became available in March 2009. Both courses are registered as official short courses with Stellenbosch University. The duration and content of the courses follow guidelines from the National Hea​lth Research Ethics Council.

​​GCP Refresher training: Online Program

 For registration and further information on the ERECCA course please email bioethics@sun.ac.za or call 0219389600

The ERECCA course is being hosted on a new platform (SUNLearn) from October 2018. There are 12 offerings per year (one per month). Delegates who complete the course will be issued with a temporary certificate upon completion as the official SU certificate can only be issued at the end of the enrolled short course offering date.​​

If you have successfully completed the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law (CMEL) Refresher GCP course (ERECCA) in 2019, 2020, 2021 and have a certificate that has not expired as yet, you are invited to access the GCP 2020 update by clicking here.  Once you have viewed the video clip, please forward an e mail to bioethics@sun.ac.za requesting an updated certificate.  For additional clarification please contact Ms Michelle Padiachee at the CMEL – 021 938 9600. ​



 GCP training: Attendance Courses

No GCP Basic Courses scheduled ​

GCP certificates & CPD Points Awarded​

Registration for courses closes 2 weeks before the course date. Any interested individuals may contact Michelle Padiachee at 021 938 9600 or email bioethics@sun.ac.za

​GCP training: Faculty

The following lecturers have been assisting with GCP training since 2003:

  • Prof. K Moodley
  • Dr W Meintjes
  • Prof. S Kling
  • Sr. J  Coetzee
  • Mrs H Engelbrecht
  • Prof. H Nell
  • Prof L Burgess

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Keymanthri Moodley is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. In 2017, she was appointed Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Keymanthri is a family physician and a bioethicist. In 2013 she was rated by the NRF as an established researcher based on her national and international publications, conference presentations, her role on national bodies like the MRC Board and the NHREC and her involvement in international organisations - the WHO, International AIDS Society (IAS) and NIH DSMBs. The Centre was re-designated as a Collaborating Centre in Bioethics by the WHO-the first on the African continent. The main activities of the Centre include bioethics teaching, empirical research in bioethics and clinical ethics consultation. Keymanthri is a member of the ASSAf and completed an Executive MBA in 2015. In 2017, she was awarded her 4th NIH grant to develop a doctoral program in Bioethics.​


Prof Haylene  Nell-MBChB, BScHons (Epid) BScHons (Pharm) is Head of the Tiervlei Trial Centre at Karl Bremer Hospital, a dedicated clinical trials centre, founded in 2000.  She a Co-Course Leader of the Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine presented by the Division of Pharmacology, Medical School, Tygerberg Campus. The University of Western Cape has appointed her as Extra-Ordinary Associate Professor in the South African Herbal and Science Institute, where she acts as consultant in the design and conduct of clinical trials for natural medicines. She acts as medical adviser for Cape Town Data a local data management company and has served on the institutional research ethics committee for 5 years.


Mrs H Engelbrecht 
is a qualified medical technologist. After starting up the Covance Clinical Trial Laboratory in Cape Town, she joined Quintiles in February 1999 to pursue a career as a clinical monitor.  During her employment, she has had experience in all aspects of monitoring, from study start-up to study closeout. In Dec 2006 Heila was promoted to a line management role. Her duties include line management of a team of CRAs and CTAs, fulfilling local CTL and PM roles and overseeing all projects in her team from day to day. She also has been monitoring laboratories for Good Clinical Laboratory Practice adherence for the past 18 months and has been presenting GCP( past 6 years) and GCLP (past 18 months) .



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Associate Prof Sharon Kling- MBChB, DCH(SA), FCPaed, MMed, MPhil (Applied Ethics) is a consultant paediatrician at Tygerberg hospital and part-time lecturer at the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, University of Stellenbosch. She has served on the institutional research ethics committee for a decade. She is a member of the Tygerberg Hospital clinical ethics committee. As a paediatrician she has a keen sense of the ethical issues involved in paediatrics. Associate Prof Kling is completing her doctorate in bioethics, which critically examines the work of clinical ethics committees in South Africa.​


Dr. W Meintjes- 
MBChB; DOM; FCPHM(SA) Occ Med; MMed (Occ Med) is a consultant in Occupational Medicine at Tygerberg Academic Hospital and the University of Stellenbosch.  He has knowledge and experience in the fields of occupational health and safety as well as labour law and ethics.  He is currently the chairperson of the Health Reseach Ethics Committee 1 of the University of Stellenbosch.




691846.JPG Sr. J Coetzee- CPN/ PN is a Research Project Manager at KIDCRU, Stellenbosch University. She is trained as a general, paediatric and primary health care nurse. She has also received training in HIV Management, Nursing Education, Project Management and extensive courses on clinical trials and research ethics. Joan is a part time GCP lecturer at the Bioethics Unit, Stellenbosch University and for International Maternal Peadiatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network, United States of America.