Welcome to SAPHEX, North-West University

The Research Institute for Industrial Pharmacy, incorporating the Centre for Quality Assurance of Medicines (RIIP®/CENQAM®), situated at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University,is a globally recognised provider of analytical and related services to the pharmaceutical industry, non-governmental organisations, procurement agencies and medicine regulatory authorities.

RIIP®/CENQAM®specializes in:

  • Stability testing;
  • Post importation testing;
  • Final product release control;
  • Drug release testing;
  • Solid-state physico-chemical and comparative raw material studies;
  • Consultation services;
  • Training and technical assistance through implementation of expertise; and
  • Relevant and applied research. 

RIIP®/CENQAM®has the following status:

  • ISO 17025 accredited (P0006);
    • Licenced with the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) (Licence no.: 0000001065);
    • Trademarked and registered with the SA Department of Trade and Industry;
    • Compliant with SA Good Manufacturing Practices requirements related to Quality Control Laboratories;
    • Compliant with World Health Organization (WHO) Good Practices for Pharmaceutical Quality Control Laboratories;
    • WHO Prequalified Laboratory for the purpose of monitoring the quality of medicines in the Procurement, Quality and Sourcing Project: Access to Antiretrovirals (ARVs), Malaria and Tuberculosis;
    • Global Fund approved;
    • WHO Collaborating Centre for the Quality Assurance of Medicines; and
    • New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Regional Centre of Regulatory Excellence (RCORE) in Quality Assurance and Quality Control of Medicines.