CMS Circular 25 of 2020: COVID-19 lockdown measures

The Council for Medical Schemes’ (CMS) governance structure, the Council, in concurrence with the Minister of Health, wishes to advise the industry of the following interventions, aimed at protecting the interests of members, in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent national lockdown from 26 March until 16 April 2020. 1. COVID-19 […]

COVID-19: HPCSA Guidelines for Healthcare Practitioners

The COVID-19 outbreak constitutes a public health emergency and risk to practitioners, patients and more broadly, the well-being of the South African community. The declaration made by the honourable president on the 16th March 2020, followed by regulation R43107 published on 18th March 2020 and the declaration of a nationwide lockdown on the 23rd March […]

HPCSA Annual Fees Determination Process

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is a statutory established in terms of the Health Professions Act, 56 of 1974; to provide for control over the education, training and registration for and practicing of health professions registered under the Act. The nature of health professional regulation is that of self-regulation in which society […]

HPCSA Business Continuity Plan

On 15 March 2020, the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa declared the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) a national disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002. Subsequent to that pronouncement, the HPCSA invoked its Business Continuity Plan which will govern operations during this period. The plan is aimed at […]

Guide to HPCSA online membership renewal

Guide to HPCSA online renewal that will enable practitioners access to statements, invoices, code practising cards and change membership status.

HPCSA guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The unfolding COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented occurrence requiring a systematic coordinated response. The National Department of Health and National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) have developed clinical guidelines for health workers, frequently asked questions, a quick reference infographic and information on communicable diseases to assist practitioners. The HPCSA recognises practitioner concerns about their own […]

HPCSA Annual Fees 2020

The HPCSA annual fees for 2020/21 have been published. Annual fees are to be settled before 1 April 2020. See the breakdown of fees by professional board, as well as information on how to pay, exemptions, erasure and restoration below. Practitioners requiring statements, invoices and practising cards can do so online through the ‘practitioners portal’ at The portal also allows […]

New report warns of environmental concerns for children and adolescents

A recent report by the WHO, UNICEF and The Lancet , featuring contributions from a researcher from Stellenbosch University (SU) found the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices that push fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco at children. No single […]

Annual HPCSA Client Satisfaction Survey

As part of the HPCSA’s ongoing initiatives aimed at improving service delivery, Council has appointed a Service Provider, Plus 94 Research, to conduct an independent Client Satisfaction Survey. The Survey will be conducted from February 2020. Practitioners will be randomly sampled and requested to participate in the Survey in order to help Council improve its product […]

 Public comments regarding the National Health Insurance Bill 

The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has noted media reports in which various stakeholders have made public comments regarding the National Health Insurance Bill.  The National Department of Health would like to encourage all interested parties that have a constructive comment on the National Health Insurance Bill to engage with the consultation process that […]

Call for nominations to HPCSA Professional Boards 2020

HPCSA registered practitioners are invited to nominate candidates for the new HPCSA Professional Boards. The current term of office for the Professional Boards expires on 30 June 2020, and the Council requests that the nominations for eligible candidates reach the Returning Officer by no later than 6 February 2020.

2019 HPCSA Registrar/CEO Festive Season Message

About this time last year, I wrote my last festive season message to staff and the hospital community at my previous place of employment, Helen Joseph Hospital. It was an emotional moment to bid farewell to a community that I had come to love and respect. As I wrote that message I was at the […]

HPCSA receives clean audit for 2018/19 financial year

The HPCSA 2018/19 Annual Report was tabled and approved by the Council in September 2019. Of particular importance, was the announcement that the HPCSA received an unqualified report for the 2018/19 financial year. An unqualified opinion is an independent auditor’s judgement that the organisation’s financial statements are fairly and appropriately presented, without any identified exceptions, […]

HPCSA registration requirements

Healthcare practitioners in South Africa are required to be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in order to practice their profession. HPCSA registration range from payment of annual fees, keeping personal and CPD details updated, adhering to business practices as well as the scope of practice and ethics requirements. An annual fee is […]

ICD-10 Coding

ICD-10 codes are used to inform medical schemes about what conditions their members were treated for by healthcare practitioner so that claims can be settled correctly. The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) is a statutory body providing regulatory supervision of private health financing through medical schemes. The CMS has noticed that healthcare professionals experience challenges […]

South Africa Certified Polio-free

The National Department of Health is pleased to announce that on 17 September 2019 the World Health Organization(WHO) African Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) certified South Africa as a polio-free country. In a letter confirming this, the World Health Organization says: “Following the recent ARCC verification visit to South Africa in August 2019 and the ARCC […]

The Director General of Health bids farewell

The Director General of the National Department of Health Ms Precious Matsoso bid farewell to the position she occupied since 2010 to pursue her PhD studies. The respected Ms Matsoso joined the Department in May 2010 as the Director-General, having previously served in the World Health Organisation (WHO) as director of public health innovation and […]

HPCSA National Conference Statement of Commitment 2019

The Inaugural National Conference of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) took place from 18 – 20 August 2019 at the Emperors Palace, Kempton Park. One of the highlights were the Conference Statement of Commitment 2019. We the participants of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), represented by the Council, the […]

HPCSA National Conference 2019 Outcomes

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) held its first-ever National Conference from 18 – 20 August 2019 at the Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Gauteng. The theme for the Conference was “Regulating the Health Professionals in the 21st Century” with a focus on the role of the regulator in Universal Health Coverage as […]

HPCSA Past Presidents Award 2019

The HPCSA honoured Past Presidents at the Gala Dinner held during the recent 2019 National Conference. The Past President’s Award is aimed at recognizing a senior member who has served the Health Professions Council time and time again, either on the Council or Professional Board level, and someone who still continues to step up to the plate when called upon by the HPCSA.