​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 2278 people have been trained via attendance courses. 672 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 Health 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 will 12 offerings per year (one each month) . Delegates who have completed the course will be issued with a temporary certificate upon completion. The official SU certificate will  be issued at the end of the enrolled short course offering date.​​



 GCP training: Attendance Courses

Our next GCP Basic Course will be presented during the 2nd half of 2020​.

GCP certificates & CPD Points Awarded

Venue: Faculty of Health Sciences, Teaching Block, Rooms 4053C
Time: 08h30 -16h00

Registration for courses closes 2 weeks before course date. Any interested individuals may contact Meagan Leukes 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

Prof K Moodley

MBChB, MFamMed, FCFP(SA), MPhil (Applied Ethics), DPhil is an associate professor in family medicine and head of the Bioethics Unit at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. In 2004 she completed her doctorate in philosophy, her dissertation involved a critical assessment of research ethics committees in South Africa. Prof Moodley is responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate ethics teaching and research in the faculty. She works as an investigator on clinical trials, conducts good clinical practice (GCP) and research ethics training for investigators, and has been a consultant to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). She is currently a member of the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) and serves on the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) in the Division of AIDS, National Institute of Health, US.


692167.JPGProf 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 close out. 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) .




Prof. Sharon Kling

MBChB, DCH(SA), FCPaed, MMed, MPhil (Applied Ethics) is a consultant paediatrician at Tygerberg hospital and part- time lecturer at the Bioethics Unit, 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. Dr 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.




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​​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.