The MARC project is developing an interactive map of health research ethics review capacity and drug regulatory capacity in Africa. MARC receives financial support from EDCTP and Pfizer to achieve this aim. This ongoing project invites self-uploading of information on African Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and Drug Regulatory Authorities. This information is then integrated into an existing country-based research system mapping structure to facilitate efficiency, sustainability and linkage of ethics ‘maps’ to health research system capacity. This integration allows for ethics capacity analysis in relation to general research system development, encourages comparisons between countries inside and outside Africa, and facilitates sustainability and knowledge sharing throughout the project.

Click on a country on the map alongside for current information.

The partners in the MARC project are EDCTP (The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership), COHRED (the Council on Health Research for Development) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) – in particular, the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI) located in the School of Psychology of the UKZN in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Aspects of the project are supported by a grant from Pfizer.


MARC on Twitter

  • @cohred: where there is no lawayer - research ethics committes have a role to play in fair research contracting and partnerships. 1 year ago

  • @Pfizer. It is unethical to conduct a clinical trial in a country which you have no intention of bringing a product to market to. 1 year ago

  • 'Not everything that is legal is ethical'; Jaime Montoya from Phillipines, on fair research contracting and partnership. 1 year ago

  • Improving information management systems for research ethics committees (RECs) is key to improving efficiency of RECs and quality of review. 1 year ago

  • Today at the COHRED's 3rd Colloquium in Geneva: Research ethics is still considered to be a fundamental cornerstone of health research. 1 year ago

MARC receives support from EDCTP:
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