Norms and Standards for Health Establishments Published

Department of Health

Norms and Standards Regulations Applicable to Different Categories of Health Establishments have been drawn up.

The department of health has published the Norms and Standards Regulations designed to promote and protect the health and safety of users and health care personnel.

The regulations have been published in Notice 67 in Government Gazette 41419 and include the following:

•    Definitions, purpose and application;
•    User rights;
•    Clinical governance and clinical care;
•    Clinical support services;
•    Facilities and infrastructure;
•    Governance and human resources; and
•    General provisions.

According to the notice, these Regulations will come into operation 12 months after the date of promulgation.

Meanwhile, the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) has published various notices regarding the following topics:

•    Notice 7: Unprofessional conduct board notice: injection therapy by chiropractors and osteopaths;
•    Notice 8: Unprofessional conduct board notice: Issuing of death certificates by Allied Health Practitioners;
•    Notice 9: Conditions of restoration to any AHPCSA register or registers by any person previously deregistered in any one of the AHPCSA professions;
•    Notice 10: Institution of Professional Board Examinations for Graduates in the Professions of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Phytotherapy and Unani-Tibb; and
•    Notice 12: The governing of persons in the Allied Health Professions not active in practice.

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