Protecting the public and
guiding the professions

About HPCSA

The Health Professions Council of South Africa is a statutory body, established in terms of the Health Professions Act and is committed to protecting the public and guiding the professions.

Committees

Human Rights, Ethics & Professional Practice Committee

Human Rights, Ethics & Professional Practice The Human Rights, Ethics & Professional Practice Committee is set up primarily to promote respect for human rights and the rights of patients amongst persons registered with Council and to accordingly advise the Council and Professional Boards on such matters.

Responsibilities and functions
  • advise the Council and Professional Boards on all matters pertaining to human and patient rights and dignity, and to promote respect for the human rights and rights of patients amongst persons registered with Council;
  • advise the Council and Professional Boards on the establishment of appropriate guidelines of ethical conduct and behaviour and the maintenance of high standards of professional practice amongst persons registered with Council;
  • initiate the formulation of policies, rules and rulings for approval by the Council and Professional Boards on appropriate professional and ethical behaviour and conduct of persons registered with Council;
  • analyse issues raised by Committees of Preliminary Inquiry and Professional Conduct Committees regarding the treatment and care of patients and to advise the Council and Professional Boards on how to deal with such matters within the framework of professional practice;
  • provide guidance to the professions with regard to the interpretation of the policies, rules and rulings on ethical and professional conduct made by Council and the Professional Boards, in relation to the human rights and dignity of patients;
  • advise the Council and Professional Boards on any matter pertaining to Ethics, Health and Human Rights applicable to person registered with Council;
  • Handle all other matters that management desires to have reviewed by the Committee;
  • Regularly review and make recommendations about changes to the charter of the Committee;
  • Obtain or perform an annual evaluation of the Committee’s performance and make applicable recommendations.