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Registrations

Registration with the HPCSA is a pre-requisite for professional practice and it is also a legal requirement to keep all personal details up to date at all times.

Foreign graduates

Foreign Graduates This page is assists international(foreign) healthcare graduates who are considering applying for registration in South Africa.

Who can apply for registration?
Foreign qualified health practitioners with qualifications that enable them to practice medicine or dentistry abroad/in their country of origin may apply for registration with the HPCSA in the Public Service category, provided the applicant complies with the minimum requirements. In special circumstances, based solely on the discretion of the Board, applicants with identified qualifications, which were evaluated by the Board, may be exempted from writing the Board Examination.

Applicants are further required to secure written support in terms of employability from the National Department of Health, Pretoria.  

A person who secures relevant registration shall be restricted in terms of the conditions of his or her practice to the Public Service, whilst the duration of registration and scope of his or her practice shall be as specified by the Board. Registration is conditional in that the applicant should submit the required information, meet the minimum requirements for registration as specified by the Board and successfully complete the Board Examination for foreign qualified practitioners(where applicable).  

The National Department of Health does not encourage the recruitment of individual foreign health professionals who are citizens of developing countries.

What steps should I follow?
A practitioner who obtained his/her basic qualification outside South Africa will initially have to apply for registration in the category Public Service (General Practitioner). After registration in the category Public Service (General Practitioner) for a minimum period of five years such practitioner may apply to the Board to sit the final university examination in order to comply with the requirements for registration in the category Independent Practice.

Select the professional board from the list below to obtain information relating to international registration


Important Notice to All Foreign Qualified Medical Practitioners:
    •  Verification of Qualifications of Foreign Medical Qualified Practitioners Read more

    The following are the application forms you need to complete:
Education
Checklist for ECFMG Epic Report verifications Education View document
Documents required for registration in the category Education View document
Military Service
Checklist for ECFMG Epic Report verifications Military Service View document
Documents required for registration in the category Military Service View document
Postgraduate Studies
Checklist for ECFMG Epic Report verifications Postgraduate Studies View document
Documents required for registration in the category Postgraduate Studies View document
Volunteer Service
Checklist for ECFMG Epic Report verifications Volunteer Service View document
Documents required for registration in the category Volunteer Service View document
Public Service Specialist
Documents required for registration in the category Public Service Specialist View document
Checklist for ECFMG Epic Report verifications Public Service Specialist View document
Medical Practitioner
Checklist for ECFMG Epic Report verifications MP View document
Documents required for registration in the category Medical Practitioner View document
Checklist for ECFMG Epic Report verifications Interns View Document