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.

Overview

The Council guides and 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. All individuals who practise any of the health care professions incorporated in the scope of the HPCSA are obliged by the Health Professions Act No. 56 of 1974 to register with the Council. Failure to do so constitutes a criminal offence.

Registration with HPCSA offers the health care practitioner,

benefits such as:
  • Conferral of professional status to the practitioner, inclusive of the right to practise the profession that he/she is qualified for,
  • The assurance that no unqualified person may practise these professions, and
  • Credibility as a competent practitioner who may command a reward for his/her services.