AHPCSA

AHPCSA

AHPCSA

Welcome to The Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa

The Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) is a statutory health body established in terms of the Allied Health Professions Act, 63 of 1982 (the Act) in order to control all allied or complementary health professions, which includes Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Osteopathy, Phytotherapy, Reflexology, Therapeutic Aromatherapy, Therapeutic Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Reflexology and Unani-Tibb.

The AHPCSA is mandated in terms of the Act to:

  • Promote and protect the health of the public;
  • Manage, administer and set policies relating to the professions registered with the AHPCSA;
  • Investigate complaints relating to the professional conduct of practitioners, interns and students;
  • Administer the registration of persons governed by the AHPCSA;
  • Set standards for the education and training of intending practitioners; and
  • The AHPCSA is also responsible to advise the Minister of Health and the National Department of Health on matters as they relate to the allied health professions and to communicate to the Minister of Health matters of public importance acquired in the course of its functions.

FROM THE DESK OF THE REGISTRAR
2020

Dear Practitioner / Therapist
1. Pursuant to President Ramaphosa’s speech yesterday, 24 March 2020, the following excerpt (emphasis added) is relevant:
All shops and businesses will be closed, except for pharmacies, laboratories, banks, essential financial and payment services, including the JSE, supermarkets, petrol stations and health care providers.
2. National Health Act (61/2003), section 1 (emphasis added):
“health care provider” means a person providing health services in terms of any law, including in terms of the –
(a) Allied Health Professions Act, 1982 (Act 63 of 1982);
(b) ….
3. Should you so choose, as an AHPCSA-registered practitioner or therapist, you may continue to practice, as confirmed with the National Department of Health, taking all necessary precautions to protect yourself and your personnel, adhering to public healthcare authority directives and other AHPCSA legislative precepts:

DR LOUIS MULLINDER
REGISTRAR: ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA

FROM THE DESK OF THE REGISTRAR
26 MARCH 2020
 
STATE OF DISASTER: COVID19 PANDEMIC: AHPCSA EXCO DIRECTIV
Pursuant to a number of enquiries received by the AHPCSA, I am directed to inform you, on behalf of the AHPCSA Exco, that the following AHPCSA Exco directive now applies during the State of Disaster period of lockdown and/or until a further directive issued by the AHPCSA or the AHPCSA Exco:

LEGAL ASPECTS OF LOCKDOWN
The purpose of the Lockdown is to enforce isolation to prevent the spread of the virus further throughout the South African population. While you are allowed to receive patients, should you have chosen to keep your practice open, reception of patients is in essential cases only, namely for emergency cases only. For any other patient queries you must use telehealth/telemedicine according to the Guidelines and Board Notice published on the AHPCSA website on 25 March 2020. In the event that you receive any essential patient, namely as an emergency, you are required to adhere the principles to ensure the safety of your patient by conforming to the safety directives and protocols issued by the Minister of Health, the National and Provincial Departments of Health or any other South African healthcare authority. In summary, therefore, assess the risk-benefit ratio and only see patients in extreme need / emergency at your registered place of practice on a face-to-face basis and use telehealth/telemedicine in all other instances.

PERMIT TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL SERVICE
The above-mentioned permit is issued to you in your individual capacity as a practitioner or therapist for the purposes of performing an essential service. This permit:

  • does not permit you to conduct your healthcare practice as you would in normal circumstances;
  • is not transferable to any member of staff for whatever reason and is practitioner / therapist specific and limited;
  • may not be edited, emended or changed in any way or manner whatsoever and is required to be presented to any law enforcement officer as issued by the AHPCSA, together with a copy of your registration certificate and the appropriate identification document;
  • is subject at all times to the Laws of South Africa and prescribed regulations and protocols from time to time by government.

NON-COMPLIANCE
Any non-compliance with the above directive shall be regarded as unprofessional conduct and may furthermore liable to possible prosecution by National Authorities.
 
DR LOUIS MULLINDER
REGISTRAR: ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA

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The AHPCSA consists of 3 divisions:

The Council

whose primary role is upholding the functions of the Council as presented by legislation and by formulating policies applicable to all complementary health professions;

The Professional Boards

whose primary focus is providing the Council with the profession specific standards and policy contributions

The Administration

which is responsible for the administration of the Council, the professional boards and the professions.