The HPCSA has streamlined Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements by making the process interactive. The new workflow is explained in the article below and practitioners are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the revised process.
Conditions relating to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme are a prerequisite for continued registration. Section 26 of the Health Professions Act, 56 of 1974, is the legislative reference for all matters relating to CPD programme. Council, after consultation with the Professional Boards, developed CPD rules which:
Since October 2020, Council introduced an online self-service portal on the HPCSA’s website for registered practitioners to submit all CPD related queries and upload necessary evidence of compliance to the CPD programme (e.g., CPD certificates) to meet requirements in terms of Section 26 of the Act. The introduction of the portal means the following changes to the process of submitting CPD information:
Acquired CEUs are valid for a period of 24 months, for both ethics, (human rights and health law) and clinical points from the date that the activity took place. It is recommended that practitioners regularly visit the HPCSA’s online portal to view their CPD status.
Minimum CEUs required for independent registrations are 30 for clinical practice per year (60 for 2 years cycles) with 5 (10 for two years) being ethics or human rights. For other registration categories, the minimum required are 15 per year (30 for 2 years cycle) with at least 2 (4 for 2 years) being those of ethics or human rights in nature.
In order for registered practitioners to remain compliant to the CPD programme, they must upload their CEU certificates on the HPCSA’s CPD portal as and when they become available. After the CEU certificates are uploaded, HPCSA will validate compliance within 30 days of such upload and the notification will be sent to the practitioners on the provided contact details.
Should you experience any issues relating to your CPD status:
Last Updated on 26 Oct 2021 by HPCSA Corporate Affairs