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Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act No. 56 of 1974)

Chapter I : Establishment, Objects, Functions and Powers of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and of Professional Boards

15A. Objects of professional boards


The objects of a professional board are—

(a) to consult and liaise with other professional boards and relevant authorities on matters affecting the professional board;
(b) to assist in the promotion of the health of the population of the Republic on a national basis;
(c) subject to the provisions of section 3 of this Act. the Nursing Act, 1978 (Act No. 50 of 1978), the Chiropractors, Homeopaths and Allied Health Service Professions Act, 1982 (Act No. 63 of 1982), and the Pharmacy Act, 1974 (Act No. 53 of 1974), to control and to exercise authority in respect of all matters affecting the training of persons in, and the manner of the exercise of the practices pursued in connection with, any profession falling within the ambit of the professional board;
(d) to promote liaison in the field of the training contemplated in paragraph (c), both in the Republic and elsewhere, and to promote the standards of such training in the Republic;
(e) to advise the Minister on any matter falling within the scope of this Act as it relates to any profession falling within the ambit of the professional board in order to support the universal norms and values of the profession, with greater emphasis on professional practice, democracy, transparency, equity, accessibility and community involvement;
(f) to communicate to the Minister information on matters of public importance acquired by the professional board in the course of the performance of its functions under this Act;
(g) to maintain and enhance the dignity of the profession and the integrity of the persons practicing the profession; and
(h) to guide the profession and to protect the public.


[Section 15A inserted by section 13 of Act No. 89 of 1997]