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Announcements

To All Registered Emergency Care Providers
As per the Health Professions Act 56 of 1974, the Professional Board for Emergency Care (PBEC) is responsible for the professional registration of the holders of recognised qualifications in emergency care in the relevant registration and practice categories. In support of the National Emergency Care and Education Training (NECET) which came into effect in 2017, the PBEC is in the process of aligning the categories of registration of the emergency care profession with the three tiers as described in the NECET Emergency Care Qualification Framework (ECQF). In addition to the aligning to the ECQF, the PBEC is also responsible for defining the scopes of practice for registered professionals.
Currently, there is a wide range of registration categories. The following categories of registration exist within the emergency care profession:
  • Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA)
  • Ambulance Emergency Assistant (AEA)
  • Paramedic (ANT)
  • Emergency Care Technician (ECT)
  • Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP)
  • Operations Emergency Care Orderly (OECO)
  • Various Student Registers
In line with the ECQF and the proposed Clinical Practice Guidelines, the PBEC will ultimately define three scopes of practice. It is envisaged that all professionals registered with the PBEC will practice within one of these scopes of practice after the completion of PBEC recognised qualifications and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities.
The PBEC has received a number of queries regarding educational progression as well as the movement from one registration category to another in line with the NECET Policy. Regarding educational progression, registered persons are encouraged to contact the Higher Education Institutions offering the emergency care qualifications to determine their academic standing as well as access possibilities.
 

Practice Guidelines
Dear Practitioners,

This document serves to inform all emergency care providers that the previously communicated draft Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) and related capabilities and medications have been adopted (with certain amendments) by the Professional Board for Emergency Care (PBEC) for use and implementation by all registered emergency care providers.
 
It is the responsibility of all registered persons to:
a. familiarise themselves and;
b. undergo learning/training activities related to the contents of the document
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Clinical Practice Guidelines View document
 
 
 
 
Regulations Promulgated Providing for Closure of BAA, AEA, Paramedic & OECO Registers
The Minister promulgated the regulations relating to the qualifications for the registration of Basic Ambulance Assistants (BAA), Ambulance Emergency Assistants (ANA/AEA), Paramedics (ANT) and Operational Emergency Care Orderlies (OECO) which provide for the closure of these registers.
 The registers will close as indicated in the regulations, i.e.:
  1. Basic Ambulance Assistants (BAAs) – those persons who obtained the BAA qualification prior to the promulgation of the attached regulations (i.e. prior to 27 January 2017) or within 12 months after date of promulgation of the regulations may register (i.e. last date for new BAA registrations will be 26 January 2018)
  2. Ambulance Emergency Assistants (ANA/AEA) – those persons who obtained the AEA qualification prior to the promulgation of the attached regulations (i.e. prior to 27 January 2017) or within 36 months after date of promulgation of the regulations may register (i.e. last date for new AEA/ANA registrations will be 26 January 2020)
  3. Paramedics (ANT/CCA) – those persons who obtained the Paramedic qualification (short course (9 months) at private colleges) prior to the promulgation of the attached regulations (i.e. prior to 27 January 2017) or within 12 months after date of promulgation of the regulations may register (i.e. last date for Paramedic registrations will be 26 January 2018)
  4.  Paramedics (ANT) – those persons who obtained the National Diploma: Emergency Medical Care at the Universities of Technology prior to the promulgation of the attached regulations (i.e. prior to 27 January 2017) or within 36 months after date of promulgation of the regulations may register (i.e. last date for the National Diploma Paramedic registrations will be 26 January 2020)
  5. Operational Emergency Care Orderlies (OECOs) – those persons who obtained the OECO qualification at the School for Military Health Training (SMHT) prior to the promulgation of the attached regulations (i.e. prior to 27 January 2017) or within 12 months after date of promulgation of the regulations may register (i.e. last date for new OECO registrations will be 26 January 2018)
Those persons on the registers at the date of closure these registers will retain their registration provided that they pay their annual fees, but NO NEW NAMES will be added to the above registers after the closing date of the registers.
 
You will note that there will be names of colleges/universities whose accreditation has been withdrawn. However, people qualified at these colleges/universities prior to the withdrawal of the accreditation and we had to provide for those people as they may be off the registers and now want to restore their names.
 
The status quo with regard to the non-registration of the National Diploma pipeline students (Paramedics) of the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) is retained. The promulgation of these regulations do not entitle them to registration. The registration of these pipeline  students (students who were in the National Diploma programme when the Board withdrew the accreditation of CUT) are under consideration by the Board and the matter has not been finalized and the students may not be registered.
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Rulings Relating to Scope of Practise
Emergency Care Providers shall practice within their scope of practice. This includes (but not limited to) equipment, medications and capabilities related to that scope of practice and category of registration.
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Participation in Strike Action Emergency Care Providers
Pretoria – The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has a responsibility to ensure that it protects the public and guides the professions. As a regulatory body with a legislative mandate to protect the public and guide the Emergency Care profession, the Professional Board for Emergency Care emphatically condemns any strike action by Emergency Care Providers
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Position Statement on Social Determinants of Health
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Establishment of Research Committee 12 April 2016  click here
 
Progress on the Clinical guideline and scope of practice review progress click here
 
Guidelines: Failure of refresher programme assessments
In terms of section 26 of the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act 56 of 1974), compliance with certain conditions of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a requisite for continued registration with the HPCSA. The HPCSA may from time to time make rules on CPD pertaining to each profession. » read more
Approved list of medicines for prescribing by Emergency Care providers
The Minister of Health published the approved list of medicines for prescribing by Emergency Care Providers in the Government Gazette (No 36827) of 13 September 2013 » read more