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.

Our  Strategic Purpose

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.

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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. Download the SAMED Transformation Policy

Need a copy of our Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment certificate? Download our B-BBEE Affidavit

As aligned with requirements, SAMED has developed a Protection of Acces to Information Act (PAIA) Manual for how to request access to information that SAMED processes. To access our PAIA Manual, click here.

SAMED processes certain information as aligned to the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). T0 access our Privacy Policy here.

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.

The Three Cs


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.

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Collaboration lies at the heart of SAMED’s organisational practice. Understanding the needs, challenges and strengths of our members and industry stakeholders through regular, meaningful engagement allows us to advance our common interests together, partner to promote innovation and ethical principles and practices and ultimately ensure better patient outcomes.


SAMED is committed to respecting and advancing the members’ and more broadly the medtech sector’s compliance with good governance, ethical principles and legislated and other policies that promote an accountable, competitive and sustainable medical technology industry.

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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.


Anonymous whistleblowing hotline

Whistleblowing is recognised as the most effective measure to guard against fraudulent or unethical activity within organisations. The Medical Device Code whistleblowing hotline is an anonymous tip-off mechanism available to any member of the public wishing to report contraventions of the Code. The hotline is independently managed and available 24/7.

Contact the medical device code hotline:

  • Free call: 0800 00 04 68
  • E-mail: samed@tip-offs.com accompanied by completed complaint form
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