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Communication to all Emergency Care Providers: Re- Clinical Practice Guidelines
Dear Emergency Care Provider,
The Professional Board for Emergency Care (PBEC) hereby wishes to inform practitioners that the Board remains committed to the successful implementation and integration of the recently adopted emergency care Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs). Although certain information regarding the CPGs was previously communicated, the PBEC felt that providing clarity around certain matters is important. Where necessary, important statements from existing documentation generated in the development of the CPGs is included >>> View document

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
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