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TASK Applied Science (TASK) performs clinical trials in tuberculosis in Cape Town, South Africa. The company was founded in 2005 by Prof. Andreas Diacon to accelerate the development and evaluation of novel anti-tuberculosis drugs. After many years with little progress in the field of tuberculosis treatment it proved to be a great challenge to set up systems that delivered quality data on time fit for regulatory submission leading marketing approval of novel antibiotics for tuberculosis.

In 2010 TASK established an internal quality monitoring system that has grown organically in the last seven years. The team has made many observations, investigated root causes of numerous errors and provided solutions that improved quality of work. This grassroots approach has enabled the TASK quality team to present relevant an practical Good Clinical Practice training to their own staff members.

In order to make this training available to other interested parties a formal course in ICH GCP (International Council for Harmonisation Good Clinical Practise) was developed by the two leading members of the TASK Quality Assurance Team, both having more than 10 years of personal experience in conducting, monitoring, recording and reporting on trials involving human subjects ensuring that their rights, safety and well-being are protected and that the clinical trial results are credible.

This course is accredited by an HPSCA accredited provider under the name of TASK Academy. It is a two day, face-to-face course presented by the Quality Team of TASK and promises to introduce GCP in a practical and relevant manner spanning the whole life cycle of a clinical trial.

Their next goal is to develop and get accreditation for a GCP refresher course and to make it available online and for a 1 day face-to-face course. Read more about the presenters and future course dates for this 2 day ICH GCP course of TASK Academy – “Developing Tomorrow’s Research Professionals Today”


Karen Cloete

Karen Cloete

Head Of Quality Assurance

Karen Cloete obtained her BSC degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Stellenbosch in 1997 read more.

Louise Thomas

Louise Thomas

Quality Assurance Line Manager

Louise Thomas obtained her BA degree in Health Sciences and Social Services with specialization in Psychological Counselling. read more.