International recognition for HPCSA president

Dr Tebogo Kgosietsile Solomon Letlape, President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) was elected as Chair of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) at the Association’s 13th International Conference on Medical Regulation, which was held on 7–9 October 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The theme of the Conference was on “Empowering Regulation with Innovation and Evidence”.

The election of Dr Letlape as the Chair of IAMRA comes exactly two months after his election as President for the Association of Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA) at its 22nd Annual Conference which was held in Ghana.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa is proud of this and many of Dr Letlape’s achievements. In congratulating Dr Letlape, Mr Lesiba Malotana, the Vice President of the HPCSA said: “It gives me immense pleasure to extend, on behalf of the HPCSA Council, our warmest congratulations to Dr Kgosi Letlape on his election as Chair of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA). Dr Letlape is a renowned leader in the healthcare profession and has shown commitment to cooperation and collaboration amongst medical regulatory authorities as a basis on which to benchmark good practice, promote ambitious standards, and ensure patient safety. Certainly, his willingness to volunteer his time and effort, as well as express his opinions have contributed to him being elected for the position. Once more, as the HPCSA and as the nation, we commit our full support and wish him all the best as he represents us,” concluded Mr Lesiba Malotana.

IAMRA membership extends to 48 countries comprised of both members and partners. IAMRA exists to support the world’s medical regulatory authorities in their endeavour to protect, promote, and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards for the profession of medicine. Through scientific, educational, and collaborative activities, IAMRA strives to encourage best practices among the world’s Medical Regulatory Authorities (MRAs) and to respond to both their current and future needs. As a membership organisation, IAMRA values the communication, participation, and interaction that are key to the success of this international collaboration.

South Africa will play host to the 14th International Conference on Medical Regulation in 2020. Details will be shared with practitioners closer to the date.