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.


PublicProfessionals must be registered so that you can be sure that:
  • they are sincere;
  • they meet standards of professional conduct; and
  • you are protected.

What is the Health Professions Council:
The HPCSA is a statutory body, which is guided by a formal regulatory framework and this includes our founding Act, the Health Professions Act 56 of 1974. This Act governs all our activities, clearly defines the scope of each profession which it mandates to register with HPCSA, and sets clear processes to be followed by HPCSA in achieving our statutory.

We regulate health professionals in South Africa and we are set up to protect the public. We only register professionals who meet our standards for their training, professional skills and behaviour. We thus have the power to institute disciplinary proceedings regarding any complaint, charge or allegation of unprofessional conduct against any person registered with Council. If a registered practitioner transgresses the rules as laid down by the Board, the practitioner will be subjected to a disciplinary process in terms of the regulations. We can also prosecute those who pretend to be registered Mandates.

To protect the public, we:
  • set standards for registrants' education and training, professional skills, conduct, performance and ethics;
  • keep a register of professionals who meet those standards;
  • approve programmes which professionals must complete to register with us; and
  • take action when professionals on our Register do not meet our standards.
This means that professionals registered with us are sincere and meet national standards. This offers you protection if professionals fail to meet these standards. You can also check with us that a professional is registered.