2020 HPCSA symposia dates

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the country and the world, and with many public gatherings barred from taking place, the HPCSA had to cancel all practitioner roadshows and symposia that were scheduled to take place this year. As an alternative, the HPCSA will be hosting its symposia on digital platforms to ensure […]

New HPCSA registration guidelines for medical practitioners

The Medical and Dental Professions Board (MDB) considered the registration of South African Citizens who hold qualifications not prescribed for registration during the board meeting held on the 19th and 24th June 2020. The MDB decided on the pathway for registering such citizens who hold foreign qualifications and who are not registered as medical practitioners […]

HPCSA fees for provincial government practitioners

All provincial government health practitioner employees must liaise with their respective provincial health departments to check if deductions were done on PERSAL for payment of their annual fees for 2020/21

New chairperson of CMS Council

The Minister of Health has appointed Professor Lungile Pepeta as the new Chairperson of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), the regulator of the medical schemes industry. This appointment is effective from 18 June 2020 to the end of November 2020. Announcing the appointment, Dr Sipho Kabane, Chief Executive and Registrar of CMS said the […]

COVID-19 working environment tips

In order to keep yourself, your colleagues and your patients safe we have compiled a list of procedures and precautionary measures that you can implement. Disinfection/Sterilisation There are three principal modes of virus spread: airborne spread—owing to exposure to bodily fluids and generated droplets, spatter and aerosols; contact spread—owing to contact with bodily fluids, patient […]

HPCSA Operations Under Alert Level 3

As we move to Alert Level 3 from 1 June 2020, Council will continue with its Business Continuity Plan to ensure ongoing practitioner access to HPCSA operations. Practitioners who have not yet paid their annual fees are reminded of the 30 June 2020 deadline. The HPCSA annual fees can be paid through our online portal. A new study provides stark insights into the […]

New NICD COVID-19 Guidelines for HPCSA Practitioners

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) keeps practitioners updated with information concerning COVID-19, ranging from frequently asked questions, providing technical resources and guidelines, information on prevention, and communication resources that can be utilised across settings. Practitioners are advised to acquaint themselves with the latest NICD guidelines on COVID-19: Guidelines for symptoms monitoring and management […]

Dental practice COVID-19 safety guidelines

In order to keep yourself, your dental practice and your patients safe, the Professional Board for Dental Assisting, Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene has compiled a list of procedures and precautionary measures that you can implement. 1. Disinfection/Sterilisation There are three principal modes of virus spread, all of which are relevant to the field of dentistry; […]

COVID-19 Guidelines for Dental Assistants

COVID-19 guidance to members of the HPCSA Professional Board for Dental Assisting, Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene.

COVID-19 Guidance for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians Board

The Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians has been inundated with queries from practitioners on whether they can start operating their practices during Level 4 of the current lockdown due to COVID-19. The Board would like to provide the following guidance in due consideration that level 4 lockdown is not business as usual: Practitioners […]

HPCSA COVID-19 Guidelines

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to new and increased demands for the treatment and care of South Africans infected and affected by the virus. Health practitioners are operating under conditions that the current regulatory framework has not anticipated. The healthcare system will need more practitioners for an effective response against the pandemic. This may lead […]

Notice to amend Telemedicine Guidelines during COVID-19 – dated 3 April 2020

On 26 March 2020, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) published guidance to practitioners on the application of the Telemedicine Guidelines; as contained in Booklet 10 of the Guidelines for Good Practice in the Healthcare Professions to assist with the disruption of the transmission of the virus. During his address to the nation on […]

Extension of the deadline for the payment of the annual fees and the validity of the current practising certificate 

In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the state of national disaster as announced by the President in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002, the HPCSA acknowledges that this has affected some practitioners’ ability to pay their annual fees. This situation has also affected the Provincial Departments in effecting the personal deduction and […]

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 July 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 https://practitioners.hpcsa.co.za/. The portal also allows […]