Protecting the public and
guiding the professions

For Professionals

The Council 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.

Professional Conduct & Ethics

Overview

Professional Conduct & Ethics The Professional Board sets, maintains and applies fair standards of professional conduct and practice in order to effectively protect the interests of the public.

We thus have the power to institute disciplinary proceedings regarding any complaint , charge or allegation of unprofessional conduct against any person registered with Council. If a registered practitioner transgresses the rules as laid down by the Board, the practitioner will be subjected to a disciplinary process in terms of the regulations.

The following includes unprofessional conduct against which we may take disciplinary steps:
  • Unauthorised advertising
  • Over-servicing of patients
  • Criminal convictions
  • Improper relationships with patients
  • Improper conduct of practitioners
  • Operational procedure without patient's permission or consent
  • Disclosure of information in regard to patient without his / her permission. Incompetence in regard to treatment of patients
  • Excessive fees charged/overcharging
  • Insufficient care towards patients
  • Racial discrimination
  • Rude behaviour towards patients
  • Prescriptions to already addicted patients
  • Perverse incentives and kickbacks
The list is not exhaustive, and such a practitioner may be charged in terms of the ethical rules and the act.