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.

History

19th Century

19th Century Regulation of the practice of medicine and allied professions in the Republic of South Africa began in the late 19th century. The Colonial Medical Council of the Cape Province was founded in terms of section 18 of the ‘Medical and Pharmacy Act’ of 1891. The first meeting of this council took place on 4 January, 1892.

In Natal, the ‘Natal Medical Council’ was established in terms of section 18 of the ‘Medical and Pharmacy Act’ of 1896 and the first meeting was held on 9 October, 1896 in Pietermaritzburg.

South African medicine in the 1890s Click here to view the document.