2a. Is the CRICE Access Card mandatory?

Yes, for entry into Netcare, Life Healthcare, Mediclinic, Zuid Afrikaans Hospital and Wilmed Park Hospital the Digital CRICE Access Card is mandatory for CRs across sectors. 

The CRICE Programme is available at three different access levels depending on the activities that you as a CR will undertake when in the Clinical Environment. Please ask your POC to use the ‘Determine the Level of Access Required’ tool to check which course is required. Green card is Including sterile filed, Blue card is Excluding sterile field and White card is CRICE General. 

Here is a summary: 

  • CRICE Including Sterile Field (Green Card): If you a CR who enters the theatre setting as well as the sterile field, you are expected to be familiar with surgical hand scrubbing, gowning and gloving procedures. It is important that if you as a CR do not routinely but may potentially enter the sterile field, then you must take the CRICE Including Sterile Field course. As a CR you must present yourself at Pharmacy with your Digital CRICE Access Card and scan the Check-In QR code for access into the required area, you may than proceed to Green Area and follow Green Area process.
  • CRICE Excluding Sterile Field (Blue Card): If you a CR that enters the clinical environment and who may work or works in the presence of a patient and may or may not have access to patient personal information. This includes, but is not limited to, CRs who enter theatre but not the sterile field, if you are a CR who engages in market access activities, medical aid motivations, patient assistance programs, servicing and maintenance of equipment or systems that stores/processes patient personal information within their facilities. As a CR you must present yourself at Pharmacy with your Digital CRICE Access Card and scan the check-in QR code for access into the required area and proceed to Blue Area and follow Blue Area process.  
  • CRICE General (White Card):  If you are a CR who simply details Healthcare Practitioners (HCPs) on your product(s) in the HCP rooms/facilities, which may be located within the Hospital and who do not work in the presence of the patient nor has access to patient personal information. As a CR you must present yourself at Pharmacy with your Digital CRICE Access Card and scan the check-in QR code for access into the required White Area, you must also ensure that whilst visiting HCP within the Hospital, that you can visibly display your card when required. 

Very Important: You will not qualify to receive a Digital CRICE Access Card unless you are currently representing a bona-fide company that conducts activities requiring access into hospitals in South Africa. You may however purchase the course and receive Certification.