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
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 ID||Title||NQF Level||Learning Subfield||Originator||Min Credits||Recorded Learning Programme|
|65069||Advanced Certificate: Diagnostic Radiography||NQF Level 06||Curative Health||Task Team – Radiography and Clinical Technology||240|
|64229||Advanced Certificate: Medical Rescue Technology||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6||Curative Health||SGB Emergency Care Practitioners||138|
|64910||Advanced Certificate: Ultrasound Diagnostics||NQF Level 06||Curative Health||Task Team – Radiography and Clinical Technology||120|
|59345||Further Education and Training Certificate: Phlebotomy Techniques||NQF Level 04||Curative Health||SGB Phlebotomy Technicians||120|
|64969||Higher Certificate: Clinical Technology||NQF Level 05||Curative Health||Task Team – Radiography and Clinical Technology||120|
|58083||National Certificate: Emergency Care||Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5||Curative Health||Generic Provider – Field 09||240||86006|
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