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Rules for sharing offices

The sharing of rooms amongst practitioners is the most cost-effective mechanism to ensure that all services are provided under one roof. However, a practitioner may not share his/her rooms with a person or entity not registered in terms of the Health Professions Act, No.56 of 1974.

  1. A practitioner may employ as a professional assistant or locum tenens or in other contractual capacity and, in the case of a locum tenens for a period not exceeding six months:
    • Who is registered under the Act to practise in independent practice;
    • Whose name currently appears on the register kept by the registrar in terms of section 18 of the Act; and
    • Who is not suspended from practising his/her profession.
  2. A practitioner may help or support only a person registered under the Act, the Pharmacy Act (No.53 of 1974), Nursing Act (No. 50 of 1978), the Social Service Professions Act (No.110 of 1978), the Dental Technicians Act (No. 19 of 1979) or the Allied Professions Act (No.63 of 1982). If the professional practice or conduct of such person is legal and within the scope of his/her profession.

A practitioner that is found to be sharing offices with a professional not registered is subject to penalties.

Last Updated on 18 October 2016 by HPCSA Corporate Affairs