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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.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme is a responsibility of every registered health practitioner. The programme is implemented under the legislative authority of section 26 of the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act 56 of 1974). CPD is essentially the process of documenting and tracking the skills, knowledge and experience that are gained both formally and informally as health practitioners work beyond any initial training. Every CPD recognized as part of ordinary professional practice should be approved prior to delivery to be recognized for CEUs to be granted. Health Practitioners are advised that the total minimum required CEUs should be inclusive of those of professional content, ethics, human rights and medical law, as per CPD guidelines. Each CEU is currently valid for 24 months from the date on which the activity took place.  This means that practitioners should aim to accumulate a balance of CEUs by the end of their second year of practice, and thereafter top-up on an ongoing basis.
Since October 2021, the HPCSA has slightly amended the process of submission of evidence of CPD submissions in effort to improve efficiency of the process. Important changes to the CPD programme relate to -
  1. Discontinuation of the sampling of health practitioners from the HPCSA’s database to verify compliance because that was ineffective and only covering up to 10% of registered practitioners instead ensuring compliance for all health practitioners on an ongoing basis.
  2. The introduction of online self-service platform the HPCSA’s website for all registered health practitioners to submit enquiries and/or upload the required evidence of CPD compliance (especially exceptional evidence not available through CPD providers, for example, when submitting certificate from international provider).
  3. The HPCSA approved that authorized facilitators and providers of CPD programmes submits the attendance registers directly to the HPCSA, or any evidence on behalf of the health practitioners, to update the practitioner’s CPD profile.
  4. The above has been effectively made it reality that HPCSA can monitor compliance as part of regular discussions for all health practitioners.
  5. Issuance of Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) certificates is no longer mandatory requirements, as the information is provided directly through the approved facilitators and providers of the CPD activities. 
CPD Guidelines
Policy relating to fees and commercial support for CPD programme
Frequently Asked Questions
Application for recognition as an Accreditor - Form 4
For Practitioners
For Accreditors/Accredited Service Providers
Application for Recognition as an Accreditor of CPD Activities 
Application for Approval of CPD Activities
Application by Institutions or Associations for Accredited Service Provider Status
Service Providers
Activity Programme and Presenter CV's - Form CPD 2-A
Application as an accredited Service Provider - Form CPD 2