The MARC project is developing an interactive map of health research ethics review capacity and drug regulatory capacity in Africa. MARC receives financial support from EDCTP and Pfizer to achieve this aim. This ongoing project invites self-uploading of information on African Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and Drug Regulatory Authorities. This information is then integrated into an existing country-based research system mapping structure to facilitate efficiency, sustainability and linkage of ethics ‘maps’ to health research system capacity. This integration allows for ethics capacity analysis in relation to general research system development, encourages comparisons between countries inside and outside Africa, and facilitates sustainability and knowledge sharing throughout the project.
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The partners in the MARC project are EDCTP (The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership), COHRED (the Council on Health Research for Development) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) – in particular, the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI) located in the School of Psychology of the UKZN in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Aspects of the project are supported by a grant from Pfizer.