Thorough medicine regulation is critical to ensure the safety and health of people taking medicines across South Africa, yet long delays and bureaucracy have meant important medicines often take many years to become available. To address this issue the Medicines Control Council (MCC) which is currently responsible for approving new drugs in South Africa is soon to be transitioning into the South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA). Officials say this should mean faster turn around time for new medicines to be registered and hopefully more openness about why certain medicines are being approved. While this sounds like progress, the deadline for transition has already passed. Only time will tell if this new group will actually start to deliver on more affordable, safer, accessible medicines for all in South Africa.