About Us

The Southern African Laboratory Diagnostic Association is a body that represents laboratory medicine in Southern Africa. It is a single voice around IVD’s and a collaboration of multinational and local companies who distribute In Vitro Diagnostic tests. SALDA has a constitution and operates under a code of ethics.

SALDA engages with the following stakeholders active in the IVD industry:
  • Laboratory Medicines Group
  • SALDA Members
  • South African Medical Technology Industry Association
  • South Africa Health Products Regulatory Authority
  • National Department of Health
  • National Health Laboratory Services
  • Medical Device Manufacturers of South Africa
  • Medical Device Professional Group
  • African Society for Laboratory Medicine


  • Legislation relating to the Medicines and Related Substances Act as amended by Act 72 and Act 14.
  • Improvements to the NHLS HTA process.
  • African forum which updates members on the regulatory environment in East, West, North And Southern African Countries.
  • Ethical engagement with relevant stakeholders in industry.


  • To promote and provide support for local business and manufacturing of IVDs
  • Harmonized policies around Point of Care
  • To maintain momentum and impact beyond the marketplace
  • To add tangible value to the businesses of our members
  • To unify our stakeholders within the pillars of pathology.
  • To encourage active participation in activities within the SALDA membership through the influence of the “Market Value” portfolio
  • To uphold good governance within SALDA, Exco members and meetings