Tag archives: HPCSA

When does a healthcare practitioner’s claim for damages for malicious HPCSA proceedings prescribe?

A healthcare practitioner, who is the subject of malicious HPCSA proceedings, may institute a damages claim for malicious prosecution against the complainant who initiated the proceedings within three years from the date the HPCSA informs the practitioner of its decision to dismiss the complaint. The claim only arises, and prescription starts to run, from the … Continue reading

HPCSA relaxes scope of practice rule, and provides more COVID-19 guidelines

On 17 April 2020, the Health Professions Council of South Africa provided its latest COVID-19 guidelines to registered practitioners. The guidelines were circulated to registered practitioners via e-mail – as at the date of publication of this article, the guidelines are yet to be published on the HPCSA’s website www.hpcsa.co.za The HPCSA acknowledges that the … Continue reading

HPCSA guidance on telemedicine during COVID-19 outbreak

On 26 March 2020 – the eve of the 21 day nationwide lockdown in South Africa – the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) issued a guidance note regarding the practice of telemedicine. The guidance note supplements and amends the HPCSA’s existing guidelines for the practice of telemedicine (booklet 10) as follows: The term … Continue reading

Amendment to HPCSA Inquiry Regulations

The regulations relating to inquiries into alleged unprofessional conduct of healthcare practitioners registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) have been amended. Practitioners must ensure that their current and correct e-mail address is in the HPCSA’s records. Two of the three amendments bring the regulations up to speed with modern times. A … Continue reading

Fit and proper tooth whitening

Oral hygienists may perform tooth whitening procedures only if they have received adequate education and training on the procedure at an institution accredited by the Professional Board for Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene (PBDOH). The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has confirmed the decision by the PBDOH that oral hygienists who have not … Continue reading
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