The HPCSA Role, Qualifications and Contacts List Now

The HPCSA works with 12 Professional Boards that share a commitment to promoting the health of the population, determining standards of professional education and training, and setting and maintaining excellent standards of ethical and professional practice.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa

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The Council guides and regulates the health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring continuing professional development, and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.

Healthcare Professions Compulsory Registration

All individuals who practice any healthcare professions incorporated in the scope of the HPCSA are obliged by the Health Professions Act No. 56 of 1974 to register with the Council. Failure to do so constitutes a criminal offence.

What Does the HPCSA Do?

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is like a guardian for the quality and safety of healthcare in South Africa. It’s a group of experts and professionals who make sure that doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers in the country are qualified and follow the right rules and standards. They also handle complaints from patients and take action if a healthcare worker does something wrong. In simple terms, they’re responsible for ensuring that people in South Africa receive good and safe healthcare.

HPCSA Qualifications List

There are 6 qualifications that the HPCSA are accredited for. Click on the links to view details on SAQA.

HPCSA Qualifications Registered in Field 009 – Health Sciences and Social Services

Qual / Prog IDTitleNQF LevelLearning SubfieldOriginatorMin CreditsRecorded Learning Programme
65069Advanced Certificate: Diagnostic RadiographyNQF Level 06Curative HealthTask Team – Radiography and Clinical Technology240 
64229Advanced Certificate: Medical Rescue TechnologyLevel TBA: Pre-2009 was L6Curative HealthSGB Emergency Care Practitioners138 
64910Advanced Certificate: Ultrasound DiagnosticsNQF Level 06Curative HealthTask Team – Radiography and Clinical Technology120 
59345Further Education and Training Certificate: Phlebotomy TechniquesNQF Level 04Curative HealthSGB Phlebotomy Technicians120 
64969Higher Certificate: Clinical TechnologyNQF Level 05Curative HealthTask Team – Radiography and Clinical Technology120 
58083National Certificate: Emergency CareLevel TBA: Pre-2009 was L5Curative HealthGeneric Provider – Field 0924086006

HPCSA: Founded for Public protection and Professional guidance

The Health Professions Council of South Africa was established in terms of the Health Professions Act No. 56 of 1974. The Council, together with the twelve Professional Boards that operate under its jurisdiction, is committed to:

  • Promoting the health of South Africa’s population,
  • Determining standards of professional education and training, and
  • Setting and maintaining fair standards of professional practice.

An entirely autonomous organisation, HPCSA does not receive grants or subsidies from the government or any other source and is funded entirely by the healthcare professions it represents.
Each of the professions registered with the Council is further represented by one of twelve professional boards, the boards and Council being interactive entities.

HPCSA contact details

HPCSA Client Care Centre

Fax: (+27) 12 328 5120

For Compliments & Service Delivery issues

HPCSA Certificate of status

Client Care Centre
Fax: (+27) 12 338 5120

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Contact: Helena da Silva
Tel: (+27) 12 338 9413

Change of contact details

Change of contact details form

Ethical queries: human rights, ethics & professional practice, undesirable business practice

Contact: Ms. Sadicka Butt
Tel: (+27) 12 338 9476

Complaints against practitioners

How to lodge a complaint
Contact: Legal Services
Fax: (+27) 12 328 4895


Fax: +(27) 12 324 1594

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