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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.

Professional Boards

Education & Training


The Subcommittee for Postgraduate Education and Training (Medical) under the ambit of the Health Professions Council of South Africa notifies the registrars who commenced training on 1 January 2011 and wish to register as specialists to comply with specific requirements.
The requirements entail submitting the following:
  • Evidence of integrated assessment during training is required for registration as a specialist in South Africa.
  • Completion of a national curriculum and national professional examinations of exit level outcomes 1 and 2 is required for registration in South Africa.
  • Completion of a research component is a requirement for registration as a specialist in South Africa
Please take note that non-Compliant and late applications will not be considered.
Regulations Relating to the Specialities & Subspecialities in Medicine & Dentistry: Amendment View document
Intern Training: General Guidelines

Portfolio Assessment
Foreign Qualified practitioners – postgraduate training (supernumerary training)
By virtue of your registration in terms of Regulation 2(4) of Government Notice R1203 of 28 November 2000 promulgated in terms of the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act No 56 of 1974) you may only engage in postgraduate study and/or research in medicine or dentistry in South Africa as the holder of an appointment which is of a temporary and supernumerary nature as part of your contract with the University or institution as indicated on your registration certificate.
Please note that your registration in terms of regulation 2(4) is for the appointment in a supernumerary post for a period of twelve months only.This period could be extended upon application and with full motivation from the Dean of the Faculty or Head of the institution for further periods of not more than twelve months per application to a maximum of five years. An application for the extension of your registration should be submitted at least three months prior to the expiry date.

It should further be noted that you may not be appointed in a registrar post and the education and training will not be recognized for registration as a specialist in South Africa.

Undergraduate Education and Training
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    to view Core competencies for undergraduate students in clinical associate, dentistry and medical teaching and learning programmes in South Africa.