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.
The result is a unified industry, built through active consultation, respect for the collective voice of our members and an ability to represent their interests, while taking into account the interests of other industry and societal stakeholders.
SAMED is inclusive of manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers of medical technology companies. We represent diverse product portfolios including medical devices, medical equipment and invitro diagnostics. Members range from micro and small enterprises to large and multinational members. We promote and advocate for all parts of our industry equally.
Acceptance of application for membership will be at the discretion of the SAMED Exco members as provided for in SAMED’s constitution.
Contact the SAMED Secretariat to JOIN SAMED: email@example.com or 011 704 2440
We offer our members
Membership types and criteria
Ordinary members, being voting members whose primary business is the design, manufacture, importation, exportation, marketing, sale, application, use, wholesaler and/or other application of medical technology.
Membership of SAMED is subject to the following:
- Adherence to the SAMED Constitution.
- Adherence to the Medical Device Code of Ethical Marketing and Business Practice, as amended from time to time.
- Proof of Medical Device/In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) establishment licence as received from SAHPRA or proof of application or letter confirming exemption therefrom.
- Any other criteria that the SAMED Board members may determine from time to time
Associate members, being non-voting members who do not qualify as ordinary members but trade with and/or provide services to the medical technology industry, i.e. registered South African entity or individual not involved primarily in the business of manufacturing, selling, marketing, distributing and/or wholesaling of medical devices as its main business focus.
Such entities/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
- Government entities
- Non-medtech trade organisations
- Healthcare Professional Associations
- Other services which the SAMED Board deem to be appropriate
A collective of associate members may not become either association or associate members of SAMED.
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
As a leader in the healthcare sector in South Africa, Johnson & Johnson Medial Devices sees it as its responsibility to participate in initiatives and forums that aim to accelerate and advance patient care in the country, SAMED is this type of organisation.
Being part of the SAMED board and having a fair opportunity to discuss, challenge and shape the environment in which the entire industry can operate, benefits our organisation immensely.
As a group with representation across various facets of the SAMED organisation, Johnson & Johnson is able to partner in solving public, private sector challenges, adequately prepare for policy changes like the NHI and implement relevant acts and regulations as well as driving improved compliance & ethical standards in the industry.
A significant way in which being part of this trade association has helped immensely is during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several backlogs were experienced by different businesses, market access conversations, for example, were more difficult to facilitate, but with an association approach, being a member allows for increased engagements.
Furthermore, being a participatory member allows for Johnson & Johnson to adopt programmes that positively impact the economy of South Africa.
J&J Medical Devices is an early adopter of the YES programme, a joint initiative by the private sector and government that signifies huge progress towards assisting South Africa’s youth to gain work experience through employment placement. J&J has over the last two years created 58 jobs, with a commitment to create a further 33 youth jobs in 2022 (91 total).
We are excited and encouraged by SAMED’s approach towards training and development for individuals and communities through the support of the YES programme and its initiatives to all its member companies. Each company contribution adds towards the betterment of the society at large.
SafMed believes in ethical and responsible business practices in order to encourage good practice in the healthcare industry. Communication and collaboration are key dimensions in this paradigm and SAMED plays a vital role in bringing the industry together and providing sensible guidelines to ensure balanced and rational business behaviour.
Our affiliation with SAMED has made us gain a wealth of industry knowledge, always having the latest medtech information both locally and internationally. Of utmost importance is sharing the same stage with large corporations leveraging on networking with executives that we would not have been able to meet – “Your network is your net worth” (Tim Sanders).