Roles and Functions of The Authority

Section 5 of the Health Professions Act (Chapter 27:19) empowers the Health Professions Authority to undertake the following:

(a)  to formulate, develop and implement measures and policies designed to -
(i)   co-ordinate and integrate the functioning and operations of members of the health professions;
(ii)  ensure the provision and promote the enhancement of efficient professional services by members of the health professions;
(b)     to liaise and collaborate with all the Councils and, without in any way limiting the generality of this paragraph, to advise the Councils on matters pertaining to-

  • practice control; and
  • discipline; and
  • education, training and examinations; and
  • minimum standards required for any premises in or at which members of any health profession practisetheir profession or calling;

(c)      to encourage dialogue between the Government, the Authority and the Councils;
(d)     to implement Government policy on any matter relating to the health professions;
(e)      to convene an Annual Congress in terms of Section 20 of the Act;
(f)      to administer, as separate accounts, the funds of each Council;
(g)     to mediate and settle any disputes arising between Councils or between a Council and a registered person;
(h)     to hear appeals referred to it in terms of the Act.

(i)     In addition to the above, the Authority is required to perform the following functions:

  • Registration of health institutions (Part XVIII)
  • Inspections of health institutions (Section 26)

(j)      to perform any other function that may be conferred or imposed upon it by or in terms of the Health Professions Act (Chapter 27:19) or any other enactment