The HPCSA is responsible for ensuring that over-arching strategic policy, with respect to the professions falling within its ambit, is implemented. This is achieved by:
Determining the strategic policy of the Professional Boards with respect to finance, education, registration, ethics and professional conduct, disciplinary procedures, scope of the professions, inter-professional matters and maintenance of professional competence;
Arbitrating in matters of dispute between Professional Boards and between professions grouped together in such Boards; and
Mediating between the professions, as well as between the professions and the public.
In addition, HPCSA and the Professional Boards advise the Minister of Health on matters within their field, and alert the Minister regarding matters of public importance.
The constitution of HPCSA and the composition of the Professional Boards is representative of our country’s demographics and is subject to prescribed guidelines. The constitution of Council is prescribed in Section 5 of the Health Professions Act 56 of 1974.