The Health Professions Council of South Africa is a statutory
body, established in terms of the Health Professions Act and is
committed to protecting the public and guiding the professions.


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The HPCSA, in conjunction with its 12 Professional Boards, is committed
to promoting the health of the population, determining standards of
professional education and training, and setting and maintaining
excellent standards of ethical and professional practice.

order to safeguard the public and indirectly the professions,
registration in terms of the Act is a prerequisite for practising any of
the health professions with which Council is concerned.

The Council guides and regulates the 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. All individuals who
practise any of the health care professions incorporated in the scope of
the HPCSA are obliged by the Health Professions Act No. 56 of 1974 to register with the Council. Failure to do so constitutes a criminal offence.