COVID-19: SAMED Updates

21 August 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 20 Aug 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 20 Aug 2020

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19 August 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 19 Aug 2020

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19 August 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 18 Aug 2020

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19 August 2020

SAMED Guidelines: Principles of Procurement

SAMED Guidelines: Principles of Procurement

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18 August 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 17 Aug 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 17 Aug 2020

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17 August 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 14 Aug 2020

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13 August 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 13 Aug 2020

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12 August 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 12 Aug 2020

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11 August 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 11 Aug 2020

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11 August 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 7 Aug 2020

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07 August 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 6 Aug 2020

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03 August 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 3 August 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 3 August 2020

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31 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 31 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 31 July 2020

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31 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 30 July 2020

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29 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 29 July 2020

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28 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 27 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News: ITAC Office Closure and COIDA Directive

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24 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 24 July 2020

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23 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 23 July 2020

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23 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 22 July 2020

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21 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 21 July 2020

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21 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 20 July 2020

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17 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 17 July 2020

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17 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 15 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 15 July 2020

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17 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 14 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 14 July 2020

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14 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 13 July 2020

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13 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 10 July 2020

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09 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 8 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 8 July 2020

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08 July 2020

NICD GUIDANCE ON ROUTINE DEEP CLEANING

The National Health Laboratory Services together with the NICD have released a guidance on routine and deep cleaning of workplaces when COVID-19 positive cases have been identified. This includes guidance on:

  • Approved disinfectants
  • What to do if approved disinfectants are unavailable
  • having a plan to clean and disinfect
  • Frequency of cleaning/disinfection, and
  • Terminal/Deep Cleaning when COVID-19 case is identified/suspected

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08 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 7 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 7 July 2020

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07 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 6 July 2020

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07 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 6 July 2020

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06 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 3 July 2020

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03 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 2 July 2020

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03 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 01 July 2020

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01 July 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 30 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 30 June 2020

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30 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 29 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 29 June 2020

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29 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 compliance guidance document

This guidance document aims at supporting SAMED Member companies’ legal and/or compliance teams when considering emergency processes to fast-track requests related to the COVID-19 crisis to the benefit to society while attempting to limit the inherent compliance risks.

Note: This Guidance document is not intended to supplant or supersede any national laws or regulations or professional codes, including company codes and companies’ internal policies. The current situation is very fluid, and applicable laws change in a matter of hours through ordinances, decrees and other emergency legislative mechanisms.

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29 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 26 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 26 June 2020

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26 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 25 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 25 June 2020

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25 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 24 June 2020

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24 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 23 June 2020

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23 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 22 June 2020

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19 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 19 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 19 June 2020

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19 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 18 Jun 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 18 Jun 2020

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17 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 17 Jun 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 17 Jun 2020

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17 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 12 Jun 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 12 Jun 2020

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12 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 11 June 2020

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10 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 10 Jun 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 10 Jun 2020

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09 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 9 June 2020

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08 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 8 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 8 June 2020

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08 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 5 June 2020

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05 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 4 June 2020

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04 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 3 June 2020

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03 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 2 June 2020

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02 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 1 June 2020

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01 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 29 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 29 May 2020

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01 June 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 28 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 28 May 2020

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29 May 2020

B4SA Procurement Portal Presentation from 28 May

B4SA Procurement Portal Presentation from 28 May

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28 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 27 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 27 May 2020

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27 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 26 May 2020

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25 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 25 MAY 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 25 MAY 2020

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25 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 22 May 2020

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22 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 21 May 2020

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20 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 20 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 20 May 2020

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20 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 19 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 19 May 2020

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19 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 18 May 2020

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15 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 15 May 2020

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15 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 14 May 2020

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13 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 13 May 2020

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13 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 12 May 2020

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13 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 11 May 2020

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11 May 2020

SAMED Press Release – Know your coronavirus mask

Highest safety, quality and efficacy standards essential for COVID-19 response
The public and everyone involved in eliminating the SARS-CoV-2 virus needs to be vigilant of the standards and guidelines that apply to products used to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19. Since the new coronavirus reached South Africa, the procurement and manufacture of crucial items including sanitisers, masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE), and tests have been approached with urgency.The South African Medical Technology Industry Association (SAMED) is working with its 180 members and wants to support and guide other medical device suppliers to ensure that the provision of these products is done by companies that, if relevant, have been licensed by the SA Health Products Regulatory Agency (SAHPRA), and comply with the necessary safety, quality and efficacy standards.

SAMED collaborates with authorities, SAHPRA, the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS), the National Regulator for Compulsory Standards (NRCS) and other credible entities to assist local manufacturers and importers in following the regulations and is engaging with a range of stakeholders to find ways to ramp up local production of PPE and other related items.

“The critical need for products related to the COVID-19 response has attracted companies which have little or no presence in the South African market. It can be difficult to distinguish bona fide suppliers from more opportunistic and unscrupulous suppliers. We appreciate the collaboration with industry including SAMED so we can safeguard patients and medical personnel, and achieve optimal healthcare outcomes,” says Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela, the CEO of SAHPRA.

“The COVID-19 epidemic has emphasised the role of medical technology in providing safe and effective care and enabling and protecting healthcare professionals and the public. SAMED is committed to working with members, and all medical device suppliers and stakeholders to strengthen South Africa’s efforts to meet the demand for care and save lives,” said Ms Govender Bester.

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08 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 8 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 8 May 2020

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07 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 7 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 7 May 2020

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07 May 2020

Competition Law and Pricing in light of COVID-19

SAMED hosted a members forum this morning presented by Heather Irvine. Heather is a partner in Bowmans Johannesburg office Corporate Department and a member of the Competition Practice. Heather specializes in complex mergers, competition law complaints and pricing disputes. Today, she covered the recent exemptions for collaboration, what competitors can and cannot do and potentiates about abuses by dominant purchasers.

Essentially pricing adjustments can be made as long as they are well documented with evidence that the price increase was in lieu of a number of factors and so long as the profit margins remain in line with pricing prior to the pandemic. This will is on all essential goods and affects both large and small enterprise.

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06 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 6 Apr 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 6 Apr 2020

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06 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 5 May 2020

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05 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 4 May 2020

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05 May 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 30 Apr 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 30 Apr 2020

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29 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 28 Apr 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 28 Apr 2020

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28 April 2020

Reopening the economy: Obstacles, opportunities and risks

Both South Africa and the world face an economic crash as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The downturn, which threatens to rival the Great Depression, results from the need to take extraordinary efforts to limit the contagion. Internationally, the result has been plummeting demand, especially in the global North, with falling export prices except for gold, as well as disrupted supply chains for most producers. In South Africa, the lockdown has brought a sharp decline in domestic production, combined with a rapid increase in joblessness, falling household and business incomes, and shrinking government revenues. TIPS has put together a brief that looks at the impacts of the pandemic on the global economy, and especially South Africa’s main trading partners. It then analyses the blockages to reopening the economy, which in turn lays the basis for more effective and strategic measures.

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28 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 24 Apr 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 24 Apr 2020

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24 April 2020

United Nations commends South Africa’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The United Nations has applauded South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic which has focussed on saving and protecting lives, livelihoods and businesses with particular emphasis on those persons who are most vulnerable. South Africa has demonstrated bold and decisive leadership through its strategies to intensify the public health response to COVID-19, develop a comprehensive package of economic support measures to assist businesses and individuals affected by the pandemic and develop a programme of increased social support to protect poor and vulnerable households.

The UN further calls on South Africa to ensure that the response and recovery efforts engage and mobilize the affected, and at-risk communities including children, elderly people, the unemployed, the homeless, persons with disabilities, LGBT people, persons in the informal sector and rural areas, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and people living with HIV or other underlying conditions such as tuberculosis.

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24 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 24 Apr 2020

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23 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 22 Apr 2020

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21 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 21 Apr 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 21 Apr 2020

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20 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 20 Apr 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 20 Apr 2020

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20 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 17 Apr 2020

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17 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 16 Apr

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15 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 15 Apr 2020

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15 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 14 Apr 2020

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09 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 9 Apr 2020

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09 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 8 Apr 2020

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08 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 7 Apr 2020

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07 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 6 Apr 2020

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03 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 03 Apr 2020

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02 April 2020

CRICE offered for FREE during lockdown

The safety of every healthcare professional, hospital staff member and patients is of the utmost importance to SAMED. SAMED launched the Company Representative in Clinical Environment (CRICE) programme in 2012. We are aware that 4638 company reps across 469 companies are CRICE Certified. However, COVID-19 has raised challenges where companies and courier personnel not previously CRICE Certified have been called to assist. We have therefore arranged for the CRICE programme, administered by Masoom, to be made available to those not yet CRICE Certified at no charge for a 6 week period. The CRICE Programme covers infection control training according to the level of access required. This offer is only valid during the lockdown period and you are requested to register urgently.
For further information, please send an email to cricecams@masoom.co.za or visit the website.

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01 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 01 Apr 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 01 Apr 2020

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01 April 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 31 Mar 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 31 Mar 2020

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30 March 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 30 Mar 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 30 Mar 2020

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30 March 2020

COVID-19 economic impact on East and Southern Africa

The rate and global spread of infections by the coronavirus (COVID-19) – and the related sense of panic across a globalized financial, political and social architecture – sets this particular pandemic apart from any other in modern times. Bowman’s highlights the extent of the economic impact within Sub-Saharan Africa.

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27 March 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 27 Mar 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 27 Mar 2020

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27 March 2020

SAMED COVID-19 News 26 Mar 2020

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27 March 2020

SAMED urges members to do these three things to operate during lockdown

There are 3 things business in the health sector, including practices, must do in order to operate during the lockdown.

1. Identify who in your business / practice will be essential, consider the OHSA and NHA obligation you have to protect your staff and all patients / others.

2. Have your “permits” for all staff, including yourself, who will be travelling from tomorrow. Use Annexure C in the Regulations. Employers must complete it for EACH staff member who has been identified as essential and the CEO/or equivalent should sign.And we recommend supplementing with an additional letter with explanations of, for example, the person’s role and the specific goods they may carry. SAHPRA licence numbers, HPCSA cards, etc.

With regard to the additional letter, herewith some additional recommendations:

  • The letter must be an original company letter head (in colour if possible).
  • The full name/’s, Surname, lD number and address of employee and short Job Description.
  • The letter must describe the services provided by the company in order to indicate that they provide essential services.
  • The employer’s name and address and official business stamp.
  • Mention that the staff member might need to be allowed to travel after business hours/irregular hours.
  • Name and contact number of CEO.
  • Original signature of CEO.

A hard copy of this letter together with a photo ID (ID document, Passport, Drivers License or other ID with a photo)must be in possession of the employee at all times. If an essential company employ cleaners or security personnel they must have the same letters from their companies. lf the company has a contract with a logistics provider (e.g. courier), that logistics provider must also be in possession of a letter which states that reason.

3. Register your business at the CIPC website as essential.
Please follow the instructions to be able to register.

  • Once website open, click on Services at the top right.
  • Then go down to the red block – Essential Services – click on this.
  • Then click apply and follow instructions


The SAMED COVID-19 task group is working on collating data for key stakeholders and we urge members to please provide us with up-to-date, accurate information as and when we ask for it.

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26 March 2020

Fair Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources in the Time of COVID-19

Covid-19 is officially a pandemic. It is a novel infection with serious clinical manifestations, including death, and it has reached at least 124 countries and territories. Although the ultimate course and impact of Covid-19 are uncertain, it is not merely possible but likely that the disease will produce enough severe illness to overwhelm health care infrastructure.

Emerging viral pandemics “can place extraordinary and sustained demands on public health and health systems and on providers of essential community services. Such demands will create the need to ration medical equipment
and interventions. The rapidly growing imbalance between supply and demand for medical resources in many countries presents an inherently normative question: How can medical resources be allocated fairly during a Covid-19 pandemic?

Read how The New England Journal of Medicine explores this

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24 March 2020

SAMED Covid-19 News 24-03-2020

SAMED Covid-19 News 24-03-2020

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24 March 2020

COVID-19: Impact on businesses and investments in South Africa

While it is still early days, the impact of COVID-19 on South Africa, its people and its economy will be significant.

Bowman’s highlighted certain issues to be considered by businesses, investors and transaction teams during this challenging time.
Bowmans has also created an information hub to house this as well as all the other information they compile.

Some of the topics covered here include:

  • The effects of the crisis on existing employment relationships and our guidance for employers during the affected period.
  • Remuneration model alternatives in light of the impact of the crisis.
  • The handling of personal data and sensitive personal data by businesses as data controllers and processors, and our guidance on compliance with legal requirements in relation to data protection.
  • The consumer laws pertaining to the right to cancel certain services and the restrictions on business in charging cancellation fees.
  • Recommendations to business associated with the pricing of goods owing to consumer panic and restrictions from a competition perspective.
  • The effect of the Regulations on the ability of a municipality or municipal entity to engage in emergency procurement.
  • The most recent travel bans and regulations on the shipping, aviation and logistics industries.

Bowman’s continues to track these and other developments. Please contact them if you need any further information or assistance.

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24 March 2020

WHO COVID-19 medtech technical specifications

The World Health Organisation has published a list of technical specifications on medical technology used with COVID-19 in the areas of surveillance, prevention and control and case management.

Surveillance
Laboratory confirmation of a COVID-19 case will trigger a thorough investigation. Because no PCR test is currently available, testing may take several days or longer, WHO’s recommended strategy is to begin an investigation immediately, thus requiring immediate operational support and supplies.

Prevention and Control
Based on current information it is assumed that COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease with human-to-human transmission occurring through droplets or contact. This human-to-human transmission may occur due to breaches in infection prevention and control (IPC) practices. Thus, a central focus of any prevention/control strategy is protecting health care workers with appropriate IPC supplies and ensuring basic health logistics at responding facilities.

Case Management
There is no specific treatment or vaccine for COVID-19; however, R&D efforts for MERS-CoV are ongoing.

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20 March 2020

SAMED COVID-19 NEWS 20-03-2020

SAMED shows support during COVID-19 epidemic

SAMED is engaging with various entities i.e. The National Department of Health, The National Health and Laboratory Services, the Department of Economic Development, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and other stakeholders to ensure that there is sufficient supply and access to COVID-19 medtech products.

In return, we ask that you heed all efforts and regulations to curb price-hikes and profiteering at this exceptional moment for South Africa and the whole world. In this regard, the Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has implemented regulations to prevent excessive pricing by dominant firms in terms of the Competition Act, and unfair or unreasonable pricing by all SA suppliers to whom the CPA applies.

These regulations ban excessive price increases on basic food and consumer items, medical and hygiene supplies, emergency items and emergency clean-up products – and medical services for the testing, prevention and treatment of Covid-19. There are significant penalties, and firms which do hike prices over this period are at risk.

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