Press release

Conference on second EDCTP programme (2014-2024)

Published on 17 July 2012

A high-level conference to consult African and international stakeholders on the second programme of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP2, 2014-2024) will be held in Cape Town, South Africa on 5 November 2012. The participants include African, European and international representatives from policy, industry, non-governmental organisations, product development partners and the research community. This is an important milestone conference towards preparation of the second EDCTP programme.

The conference will provide a forum to discuss stakeholder needs and expectations regarding EDCTP2 as well as the opportunities the programme will create. Endorsement of the programme as well as commitments and pledges will be sought. Four strategic issues for EDCTP2 will be addressed: 1) the lessons learnt from the first programme (EDCTP1); 2) the scope of the second programme (EDCTP2); 3) the role and commitment of the participating European and African countries to EDCTP2; and 4) the participation of the private sector (in particular companies, product development partnerships, foundations and charities) in EDCTP2. A conclusive conference report will be published.

The South African Department for Science & Technology, the European Commission and EDCTP jointly organise the conference on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Science &Technology cooperation agreement between the European Union and South Africa. Site visits to clinical trial sites/institutions in the Cape Town area which are beneficiaries of EDCTP funding will be organised.

Attendance is by invitation only.

More information:
• Conference section on EDCTP website

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