PharmaConnect Africa Conference
& Expo 2021


Improving Access, Improving Quality.

Main conference | 2021 Dates to be confirmed
Symposium: Personalized Health Care – Preparing Africa for the Future Today

The theme of the main conference which will be on the will be Improving Access, Improving Quality. It will examine how regulators can be more efficient in approving clinical trials and product registration, and how the quality of medicines can be better assured, be they globally supplied or locally manufactured.

The post conference symposium will be themed Personalized Health Care – Preparing Africa for the Future Today.  The symposium will explore the convergence of drug discovery and testing, as well as medicine use with big data and 4IR, and how Africa can position itself in the coming revolution.

Venue: Glenhove, Johannesburg, South Africa

Conference Speakers

Exhibitors And Sponsors

Now in its 4th year, PharmaConnect Africa has become an ideal platform to network and market services and products to a wide and diverse audience from across the African continent and beyond. We would therefore like to invite you to be a key partner and sponsor the event and /or exhibit your services and products at the venue.  Please refer to the annexures and website for more information regarding sponsorship and exhibition packages. Feel free to contact the secretariat with any queries for sponsorship and exhibition. 

Themes and Topics

Policy Round Table - Call for Topics

The conference and symposium will follow a roundtable format with plenary speakers and discussants for each of the thematic area, followed by Q&A sessions. We have found that this engenders important dialogue. 

Scientific Session - Call for Abstracts

Research presentations relevant to the main conference and the symposium are hereby invited. Abstracts for scientific poster and oral presentations (12 min) from researchers and students can be submitted to the secretariat for consideration by the Scientific Committee. 

Clinical Trials in Africa – Opportunities and Challenges

Role of Clinical Research Organizations (CRO) and Product Development Partnerships (PDP).
There has been an increase in CROs and PDPs working across the continent. How has their work been facilitated/retarded, and do they enhance local healthcare systems? Is the value that they bring recognized by national governments, and does that outweigh perceived risks?

Building the Capacity for Pharmacovigilance

Pharmacovigilance is increasingly becoming important. It ensures that medicines and vaccines are safe to use and that there is oversight from the regulator and manufacturers. This session will discuss what different roleplayers are doing to enhance pharmacovigilance globally and in Africa. It will touch on important lessons learnt and the gaps identified. 

Info Session

Medical Device Regulation – Where are we and what to expect next? – SANAS / SAHPRA.

Implementation of Sound Policies to Improve Access

Despite these high expenditures on medicines, access to essential medicines and products is still highly restricted. Low local manufacturing capacity leads to reliance on imported medicines. This often leads to non-availability of the commodity. In the public sector, across Africa, the availability of essential medicines has been reported to be less than 60% by the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

Innovator – Local Manufacturer Partnerships

The collaboration of local producers with innovator companies is essential but it is not happening at visible scale. What are the barriers to collaboration and how can they be removed? What opportunities are presented by collaboration between would-be competitors? What benefits accrue to governments and patients when there is collaboration? 

Sponsorship Packages

Please contact us for more info on Sponsorship Packages

Tier 1

R55 000

  • Three delegates admission at Conference (both days)
  • One exhibition stand, with one exhibitor
  • Company logo on Conference website and Book of Abstracts
  • Promotional material in Conference bag
Tier 2

R35 000

  • One exhibition stand, with one exhibitor
  • Company logo in Conference website and Book of Abstract
Website Advertising Only


  • Logo placement in transition slide
  • Logo placement on the Conference website immediately upon request and 2 months post-Conference

Agenda Highlights

14 October

Themes – Clinical Research & Product Registration

Perspectives from West Africa SAHPRA Update

Faster, Safer…patients are waiting

EAC Progress

Medical Device regulation, learnings from RAPS​

15 October

Themes – Regulatory Professionals’ Education and Training & Local Pharmaceutical Production

SAHPRA’s training initiatives

Training the Regulatory Professional of the future

APIs made in South Africa

Tech transfer opportunities – how to assess them

WHO perspectives Quality of API – are generics still safe? 

15 October

 Side Event – Advancing PV in Africa

16 October

Post-conference symposium – Personalized Health Care –  Preparing Africa for the Future Today

Stands are allocated strictly on the basis of first come, first served. Exhibition stands are 6sqm and will be located in the venue where all refreshments and lunches will be served. The floor plan will be finalized a week before the conference.  Exhibitors will be contacted in order of bookings received to confirm their preferred stand and specific requirements.