If you are planning to engage with health facilities in the Western Cape during your research you must apply for permission from said facility. The minimum time for the approval of research proposals is 6 to 8 weeks.
The reasons are both strategic and practical as clearly outlined in the Guidelines for Approval of Health Research in the Western Cape 2015/2016: " All research at public sector facilities including research to be conducted at tertiary hospitals; Community-based or laboratory-based research that affects referral to and workloads at public sector facilities and recruitment of patients from public health facilities to be involved in studies that themselves are conducted outside of public sector facilities."
The City of Cape Town district is currently still administered by two authorities. With respect to health facilities in the City of Cape Town district, the clinics are mostly managed by City Health while most of the Community Health Centres (CHCs), Community Day Centres (CDCs) and all of the hospitals (District, Regional, Psychiatric, Tuberculosis and Central Hospitals as well as Emergency, Rehabilitative and Dental services) are managed by the Provincial Department of Health.
Documents required to be submitted in application of research
Research protocol and protocol summary/synopsis
Principal Investigator CV,
*Health Research Ethics Committee Approval
**Medical Control Council Approval
South African National Clinical Trials Register approval/registration
* Only research that has received ethics approval from an accredited research ethics committee, or an ethics committee which has applied to be nationally accredited, will be considered
**only applicable for drug trials
How to submit a research request:
Step 1: Select the facility at which you like to perform your research
Step 2: Does this facility fall under Provincial i.e. Western Cape Government or City of Cape Town?
Step 3: Submit a research request by selecting the appropriate scenario
Provincial Department of Health –Western Cape Government
Central hospitals, although falling within the jurisdiction of the Provincial Department of Health, each have their own administrative authority to approve the requests to conduct research within these facilities.