Protecting the public and
guiding the professions

For the Public

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.


Who can you complain about ?

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) helps promote the health of all South Africans. It does so by determining standards of professional education and training; and by setting and maintaining the highest standards of professional and ethical behaviour for the following healthcare professionals:
  • Art therapists
  • Audiologists
  • Biokineticists
  • Clinical technologists
  • Dental therapists
  • Dentists
  • Dieticians
  • Dispensing opticians
  • Emergency care personnel
  • Environmental health officers
  • Hearing aid acousticians
  • Medical orthotists and prosthetists
  • Medical practitioners
  • Medical scientists
  • Medical technologists
  • Nutritionists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Oral hygienists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychometrists
  • Psychotechnicians
  • Radiographers
  • Speech therapists
NOTE: Pharmacists, nurses, chiropractors, homoeopaths, dental technicians and healthcare institutions (like hospitals and clinics) are not registered with HPCSA.