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 […]

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 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 […]