Who we are

Alongside health practitioners and pharmaceuticals, medical technology (medtech) forms the basis of quality healthcare. The South African Medical Technology Industry Association (SAMED) was founded in 1985 and is committed to advancing patient care through medtech.

We work together with our members to build collective, objective and credible platforms to share knowledge and engage with stakeholders, and we support our members in growing a sustainable and ethical medtech industry that enhances patient access to innovative solutions.

Through our various committees we promote the interests, knowledge and expertise of our members, increase the visibility, credibility and standing of the medtech industry, advocate to inform policy and improve market access. We hold regular events, training courses and pursue collaborations to share market trends, stimulate best practice and work towards regulatory and industry harmonisation.

SAMED regards transformation as an economic and social imperative. We are committed to transformation and believe we can drive meaningful and sustainable change as an industry body. We strive to create an eco-system that gives our members tools to enable them to transform their companies.  We call on our members and partners to participate in our transformation journey.

SAMED works with various local and international agencies and platforms to build a strong medical technology sector.

Business Unity South Africa
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority
International Medical Devices Regulatory Forum
Global Medical Technology Alliance
Special Investigations Unit
Medical device and diagnostics innovation cluster
Global Harmonisation Working Party

Our industry is diverse, dynamic and innovative. It employs more than 5 000 people and encompasses more than 500 000 medical technologies used in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and amelioration of disease and disability. Our members are companies, individuals and associations – local and multinational – who are involved in the research, manufacture, distribution and wholesale of medical technologies in South Africa. Together we offer a unifying vision of patient-centric care that is supported and advanced through medtech.

Our vision

Partnering with our stakeholders to drive the Medical Technology industry to new frontiers, and contribute towards enabling a sustainable healthcare system.

Our mission

SAMED is committed to enabling a sustainable, ethical and transformed medical technology industry that ensures patient access to medical technologies.

Our strategy is informed by our values






Our  Strategic Pillars

SAMED strives to safeguard, promote and represent the common interests of members with all relevant authorities and stakeholders

SAMED drives compliance to ethical principles and practices in the conduct of member’s businesses and affairs

SAMED promotes access to medtech for better patient outcomes

SAMED shapes best practice in standards, policies and regulatory requirements applicable to the medtech industry

SAMED supports medtech growth for healthcare sustainability

Our strategic purpose is underpinned by the need for sustainable transformation – to encourage a more diverse and inclusive medtech sector.

Access the SAMED Strategy

Our Annual Report

SAMED Annual Report 2021/22

Each year we release a comprehensive report on our activities over the course of that year, which describes the way in which we work to create and sustain value for our members and industry stakeholders. Our annual report also highlights priority focus areas and developments with significant impact on the sector.

Access our latest annual report
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SAMED Annual Report 2020/21

Other important documents

Our Constitution

Our constitution is our founding document. It describes our values, guiding principles and organisational purpose, and provides for the establishment and sustainment of our membership and governance structure.

Our transformation policy

We are committed to transformation and believe we can drive meaningful and sustainable change as an industry body.

Our PAIA manual

SAMED has developed a Protection of Acces to Information Act (PAIA) Manual for how to request access to information that SAMED processes.

Our Privacy Policy

SAMED processes certain information as aligned to the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

Our B-BBEE Affidavit

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Orange heartbeat

Our strength and mandate come from our membership, and our foremost concern is to listen to our members and to represent their interests in a relevant and meaningful way, taking account of external factors and developments that impact on their business and health services more broadly.