The Health Professions Council Of South Africa (HPCSA) is a statutory body, established in terms of section 2(1) of the Health Professions Act.

The HPCSA is guided by a formal regulatory framework. This framework includes the founding Act, the Health Professions Act 56 of 1974. Besides, the Act governs all the activities of the council. It clearly defines the scope of each profession which it mandates to register with the council. Also, it sets clear processes to be followed by HPCSA in achieving its statutory mandate.

Furthermore, the council regulates health professionals in South Africa and is set-up to protect the public. It only register professionals who meet its standards for their training, professional skills and behaviour. The HPCSA  have the power to institute disciplinary proceedings regarding any complaint, charge or allegation of unprofessional conduct against any person registered with Council.  In addition, if a registered practitioner transgresses the rules as laid down by the Board, the practitioner will be subjected to a disciplinary process in terms of the regulations. Besides the HPCSA can also prosecute those who pretend to be registered.


Quality and Equitable Healthcare for All.


To enhance the quality of health for all by developing strategic policy frameworks for effective and efficient co-ordination and guidance of the professions through:

  • Setting contextually relevant healthcare training and practice standards for registered professions;
  • Ensuring compliance with standards;
  • Fostering on-going professional development and competence;
  • Protecting the public in matters involving the rendering of health services;
  • Public and stakeholder engagement; and
  • Upholding and maintaining ethical and professional standards within the health professions.


In fulfilling its roles of regulator, guide and advocate as well as administrator, the HPCSA holds the following values central to its functioning.



The council aims to give you updated general information and cannot answer individual enquiries. For individual enquiries, email the council on

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  • History
  • Current

    The amendment of the Health Professions Act in 2007, marked the launch of a new era in the history of medical and health regulations – stepping stones to a brighter future in health care for all.

    The Heath Professions Council of South is now consist of 32 members made up as follows:

    • Sixteen persons, registered in terms of the Act, and designated by various professional boards of the HPCSA;
    • nine community representatives not registered in terms of this Act, appointed by the Minister of health;
    • one person versed in law, appointed by the Minister of health
    • one person in the employment of the Department of Health, appointed by the Minister of health;
    • one person in the employment of the Department of Education, appointed by the Minister of Education;
    • one person from the South African Military Health Service, appointed by the Minister of Defence;
    • three persons appointed by the South African University Vice-Chancellors’ Association; and Section 3 of the Health Professions Act was amended by the Health Professions Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 29 of 2007 by introducing functions of Council and Professional Boards in addition to the objects of Council.

    Section 4 of the Health Professions Act was amended by the Health Professions Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 29 of 2007 by introducing a requirement for the exercise of the powers of Council to be in line with the National Health Policy as determined by the Minister.

    20th Century

    The ‘Medical and Pharmacy Council of the Orange River Colony resulted from Ordinance 29 of 1904 and the Council met on 13 July, 1904 in the Council Chamber of the Railway Bureau in Bloemfontein. In terms of Ordinance 29 of 1904, the ‘Transvaal Medical Council’ was established. On 4 January, 1905 the Council had its first meeting in the House of Assembly’s Second Boardroom in Pretoria.

    These Councils’ members were partly appointed by the government, while other members were elected for periods of five years. Although provision was made for an Executive Committee in the regulation of the ‘Colonial Medical Council’, no indication of a permanent structure can be found. This is also the case with regard to the ‘Natal Medical Council’. The ‘Transvaal Medical Council’ and the ‘Medical and Pharmacy Council of the Orange River Colony’ however had Executive Committees.

    The HPCSA’s origins date back to 1928 when, in accordance with Act 13 of 1928, the South African Medical and Dental Council (SAMDC) was appointed to fulfil the functions of the four former provincial councils. Act 13 of 1928 made provision for two statutory councils: the South African Medical Council (SAMC) and the South African Pharmacists’ Commission (SAPC). The SAMC was also responsible for the registration of nurses until the South African Nursing Council (SANC) was established as a separate council in 1944. Likewise, the registration of dental technicians was the responsibility of the SAMC until the formation of the South African Dental Technicians’ Council in 1945.

    Act 56 of 1974 replaced Act 13 of 1928, in terms of which the SAMDC, now renamed the HPCSA, continues to exist as a separate legal entity. The first meeting of the Council was held on 22 October, 1928 in Pretoria and was opened by the late Dr. D F Malan, the then Minister of National Health and later the fourth Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa.
    Although Act 13 of 1928 made provision for the South African Medical Council and the South African Pharmacist’s Commission to exist as two statutory councils, these two Councils actually had a common Registrar for a number of years.

    In 1947, the first register of medical deputies was established. Attempts aimed at making registration of these professions, later paramedical and supplementary health service professions, compulsory, has a history of its own. After a variety of draft bills and elected Committees of Parliament, Act 13 of 1928 was amended in 1971 to make provision for the establishment of professional boards registered with the Council. Professional Boards for Physiotherapy, Optometry, Medical Technology, Chiropody (Podiatry), Health Inspectors, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Radiography, Medical Orthotists and Prosthetists, Speech Therapy, Audiology, Dietetics, Oral Hygiene, Opticians and Clinical Technology were established. More professional Boards were established at a later stage while others were amended or combined as necessary.

    19th Century

    Regulation of the practice of medicine and allied professions in the Republic of South Africa began in the late 19th century. The Colonial Medical Council of the Cape Province was founded in terms of section 18 of the ‘Medical and Pharmacy Act’ of 1891. The first meeting of this council took place on 4 January, 1892.

    In Natal, the ‘Natal Medical Council’ was established in terms of section 18 of the ‘Medical and Pharmacy Act’ of 1896 and the first meeting was held on 9 October, 1896 in Pietermaritzburg.

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    “553 corner Madiba and Hamilton (Vermeulen) streets, Pretoria, South Africa”


  • Whistle Blowing
  • Report Fraud and Corruption behavior at HPCSA

    The HPCSA has a zero-tolerance policy towards fraud and other acts of dishonesty. Our commitment to combating all forms of fraud remains steadfast and to this end we remain proactive in the fight against fraud, corruption and other white-collar crime. Council is committed to an exemplary standard of business ethics and transparency.

    If you suspect fraudulent acts, corruption or irregularities by any of our employees or suppliers, report it to our Fraud and Corruption Hotline.Your Reports will be followed up and investigated accordingly. Anyone who discovers or suspects fraudulent acts or irregularities must report such immediately.

    You may disclose your name or remain anonymous by using the following reporting channels:
    FreeCall 0801 122 565
    FreeFax 0800 00 77 88
    FreePost KZN 138, Umhlanga Rocks, 4320

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