GCP Refresher

“Developing tomorrow’s research professionals today.”

TASK Academy was founded in 2017, and has since trained hundreds of  clinicians and people completely new to clinical trials with an accredited Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course.

Although a strong emphasis has been on developing capacity on the African continent, TASK Academy has trained clinical site staff from countries such as The Netherlands, South America, Portugal and Spain as well.

What is GCP?

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting trials that involve the participation of human subjects.

GCP Course for beginners (includes SA GCP third edition 2020)

Upcoming Dates:

  • 19 July 2022


R3400.00 (discounts may be given for groups larger than 5)


Online/Virtual training session

Accredited Beginner GCP Course

What is this course about?

TASK Academy offers a one day accredited GCP Beginner’s course where we focus on the local and international standards of GCP. During this course, you are introduced to:

  • Where GCP originated and why you need to comply.
  • The lifecycle of a clinical trial.
  • The importance of all role-players in a clinical research.

Who must attend this course?

If you are interested in starting a career in clinical trials it is compulsory to attend a full beginner’s  GCP course as a certificate in GCP is needed to work in clinical trials.

Accredited Refresher GCP Course

What is this course about?

TASK Academy offers an accredited GCP Refresher Course which is an informative self-paced online session on good clinical practice. The eLearning content covers both the international standard of GCP, as well as South African Good Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Who must attend this course?

If you already previously attended a GCP course and your certificate is near it’s expiry date (valid for 3 years) you can attend this online refresher course to ensure your certificate and knowledge stays current.

More Information

As an accredited course by the HPCSA, TASK Academy aims to provide the opportunity for each research individual to understand clinical research concepts and terms and to build a strong foundation for creating and implementing scientific sound clinical research outcomes.

Recent testimony:

I would like to express my thanks for the training given yesterday and the previous session last month.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Never an easy task to make guideline training interesting.  Well done for achieving this with ease.

Thanks again.

Jeanette Young
Head of Quality Management

About the Presenters

Karen Cloete obtained her BSC degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Stellenbosch in 1997 where after she opened her private practice, Boland Therapy and Learning Centre, in Paarl and Malmesbury. Karen has worked in clinical research since 2008 and joined TASK Applied Science in 2010, where she instituted the Quality division.

Karen holds the position of Quality and Regulatory Head leading the two teams she coordinates and oversees study start up to site initiation, drafts, evaluates and implements quality systems, guidelines and policies for the company – working closely with all sponsors and TASK teams to ensure integrity and validity of data across all sites and various protocols.

Her passion for training and maintaining good clinical practice together with the support of TASK was the main driver behind TASK Academy being established in 2017 where she shares her knowledge and experience gained with other clinical research and future professionals.


Lauren Philips obtained her BSc (Hons) cum laude degree in Dietetics (2007), as well as her Masters in Nutrition degree cum laude (2015), both from the University of Stellenbosch.

After practising in the nutrition field for several years, gaining valuable experience in the public, private and NGO sectors, she took up a position as a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, in 2012.

It was here where her love of research began, as her passion for high quality research was strengthened by participating in various research projects in the faculty, ranging from pure clinical studies to public health knowledge building.  Her relationship with TASK began during the data collection phase of her post-graduate studies, and she was formally appointed as a Quality Assurance Manager at TASK in 2017.

Lauren is currently involved in the development and implementation of quality systems across TASK (quality management plans / systems, conducting internal study and system audits, etc.) and is also an accredited GCP and HIV course trainer.

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