Minimum Standards For the Selling of HIV Screening Test Kits on the Cards

Department of Health

The South African Pharmacy Council has called for comment on proposed amendments to its Rules Relating to Good Pharmacy Practice.

The draft amendments focus on minimum standards for the selling of HIV screening test kits.

Allied Health Professions Council Rules on Needles

Department of Health

The Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa has made a ruling on unprofessional conduct with regard to acupuncture.

The reuse of single use needles is unacceptable as it puts patients needlessly at risk and it therefore constitutes unprofessional conduct on the part of the practitioner concerned.

Parliament Briefed on Strategic Plan on Non-Communicable Diseases

Department of Health

The Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) 2013-2017 has been presented in parliament.

The department of health presented the plan to the portfolio committee on health recently.

Guidelines for Licensing of Mental Health Facilities Published

Department of Health

Guidelines for the licensing of residential and day care facilities for people with mental and/or intellectual disabilities have been published for comment.

The Guidelines published in Notice 452 in Government Gazette 40860 outline:

Medicines and Related Substances Act to Come into Effect

The Presidency

The Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Act 72 of 2008 will come into effect on 1 June 2017.

The proclamation was published in Government Gazette 40869.

DOH Tables Two Health Bills in Parliament

Department of Health

Two health bills have been tabled in parliament.

The National Public Health Institute of South Africa Bill and the National Health Laboratory Service Amendment Bill were published for comment in November 2015.

Draft Dispensing Fees for Pharmacists Drawn Up

Department of Health

Draft dispensing fees for pharmacists have been published in Government Gazette 40847 for comment.

The health department published the proposed fees in terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Act of 1965.

NHI and its Implementation Under the Spotlight

Department of Health

The health department budget vote speech has been delivered in parliament.

In his recent budget vote speech, the minister of health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, outlined the progress made by his department with the National Health Insurance (NHI) and its implementation. He also mentioned various goals the department has set out to achieve.

National Health Insurance on Track

Department of Health

The National Health Insurance (NHI) is still a top priority for the health department.

The department of health’s aim of having a functional NHI Fund by 2019/20 forms a big part of its medium-term targets.

Regulations on Control of Blood Products Tweaked

Department of Health

An amendment to the Regulations Regarding the General Control of Human Bodies, Tissue, Blood Products and Gametes is in place.

The amendment was published in Government Gazette 40816 in terms of the National Health Act.

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