south african medical technology industry association
advancing innovation responsibility

Become A Member

Become A Member

Click here to download the Application form to become a Ordinary member

Click here to download the Application form to become an Associate member

Membership Criteria
The Board may, in its sole discretion, admit any person as a member into the appropriate membership category who supports and agrees to abide by the SAMED Constitution and subject to such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the Board from time to time.

There are various types of members:

Ordinary members:
a registered company or division of a company or other legal entity carrying on business in the Republic of South Africa and involved in the manufacture, import, selling, marketing and/or is an agent/ distributor of medical devices. Proof of medical device establishment licence.

The applicant shall be fully prepared to adhere to the norms, policies, procedures and other regulatory guidelines being followed by SAMED.

The applicant shall be fully prepared to uphold and support the objectives as laid down in the constitution of SAMED and not to act in whatsoever manner which may be contrary to the interests of SAMED and its members.

The applicant is not under criminal investigation for any illegal or fraudulent activity.

Healthcare Providers, Payers, NGOs and Government organisations are excluded from membership.

Association members:
health care association operating in the Republic of South Africa, which association is admitted to SAMED as such a member

Associate members:
a registered South African entity or individual not involved primarily in the business of manufacturing, selling, marketing, distributors and/or wholesalers of medical devices as its main business focus, but trades with or provides services to the medical technology industry and is admitted to SAMED as such a member. Associate members are not entitled to vote.

Qualifications for Associate Membership:
The applicant must be a registered South African entity or individual which carries on trade in, or provides services, to, the Medical Technology Industry. Such services may include:
* Recruitment of Industry personnel.
* Training and educational services to the Industry.
* Warehousing and logistical services.
* Advertising and Public Relations.
* Equipment servicing and repair services.
* Design of medical devices
* Other services which the Board deem to be appropriate

The Board reserves the right to review the membership of an associate member on an annual basis, as it relates to their continued provision of services to the medical technology industry and value added to SAMED and the SAMED members

Representation on the SAMED Board
Representation on the SAMED Board is restricted to full-time employees of Ordinary Members who are elected by the Membership at the AGM, and shall preclude consultants, unless otherwise determined by the SAMED Board and in accordance with clauses 12.4 of the SAMED Constitution ie
12.4 Not-withstanding the above the Board shall be entitled to co-opt additional Board members for a time period as decided by the Board and who will be entitled to vote, provided that the number of persons on the Board may never exceed 16 (sixteen) persons, unless this is altered in terms of this Constitution.
14.1.2 he or she abandons or discontinues to be an employee and/or principal representative of an ordinary SAMED member or an employee (of a member of) an association member or if s/he, in the case of associate members abandons or discontinues the business or interests which entitled him or her to membership of SAMED, unless the Board decides that the person may, in the interest of SAMED, remain on the Board for a period at the Board’s discretion, but no later than the next Board election.

Association representation is conferred on the person nominated to represent that Association on the Board.

The establishment of Membership Criteria

SAMED must not use access to its membership in order to reserve unfair competitive advantage to its members. Accordingly:

SAMED’s criteria for membership are precise, objective, and reasonably necessary for the purpose of efficient governance of our association. They must be applied in a non-discriminatory manner.

Any proposed expulsion or rejection of a membership application should be based on objective criteria and may be referred for legal review. In case of expulsion or rejection SAMED will allow appeal to an independent tribunal appointed by the Board.

Restrictions on members or rules for discipline must be objective and reasonably necessary for the purposes and good governance of the association.

Membership Disqualifications

A member may be disqualified from the membership of SAMED under the following circumstances:-

Convicted of activities contrary to the legal and ethical promotion and/or sale of medical devices and in breach of any applicable laws and regulations of the country.

Where a member is declared insolvent, carries on business recklessly, with gross negligence, with the intent to defraud or for fraudulent purposes, carries on business or trade under insolvent circumstances.

Receives notice from the Competition Commission to show cause why it should not be permitted to continue carrying on business, or to trade.

Receives a compliance notice in terms of the Companies Act requesting it to cease carrying on business or trading.

Is the subject of any order made or resolution passed for the administration, winding-up or dissolution (otherwise than for the purpose of a solvent amalgamation or reconstruction), has an administrative or other receiver, manager, trustee, liquidator, administrator, or similar officer appointed over all or any substantial part of its assets, enters into or proposes any composition or arrangements with its creditors generally or is the subject of any events or circumstances to the aforegoing in any applicable jurisdiction.