Medical regulations are the regulations, rules or laws that regulate Health Professionals.
These regulations are set up to protect the public and to guide health professionals. The Health Professionals Act, Act 56 of 1974 gives power to the HPCSA to regulate health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring continuing professional development, and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.
Health professionals should always be guided by these regulations when providing health services to the public. If the healthcare provider is found to be in contravention of these regulations, reported cases are referred to the Committee of Preliminary Inquiry. The penalties of not following the regulations vary and include: a caution, a fine, working under supervision or erasure from the Council register.