Do we have any guidelines for the payment of trial participants in South Africa?

August 29, 2013

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Q: Do we have any guidelines for the payment of trial participants in South Africa?

A: “In South Africa, at present, clinical trial participants tend to be paid R150 per visit. The Medicines Control Council (MCC) has recommended that trial participants be reimbursed a minimum of R150 per trial visit. This recommendation was made at the time that the National Health Research Ethics Council was not formally constituted. While not necessarily intended as a “flat rate”, this approach may have been understood and applied as such by stakeholders. The MCC recommendation has apparent advantages in that it is relatively easy to administer, and it appears fair because most trial participants across the country tend to get paid a similar basic amount unless there are additional specific and justifiable costs. However this approach has a number of disadvantages that may lead to unfairness and inequity.” Please visit http://www.nhrec.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/payment_considerations.pdf and read the NHREC take and discussion about this topic.

Reference: NHREC (2012). Payment of trial participants in South Africa: Ethical considerations for Research Ethics Committees (RECs). NHREC.