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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

15B. General powers of professional boards


(1) A professional board may—
(a) in such circumstances as may be prescribed, or where otherwise authorised by this Act, remove any name from a register or, upon payment of the prescribed fee, restore thereto, or suspend a registered person from practicing his or her profession pending the institution of a formal inquiry in terms of section 41;
(b) appoint examiners and moderators, conduct examinations and grant certificates, and charge such fees in respect of such examinations or certificates as may be prescribed;
(c) subject to prescribed conditions. approve training schools;
(d) consider any matter affecting any profession falling within the ambit of the professional board and make representations or take such action in connection therewith as the professional board deems advisable;
(e) upon application by any person, recognise any qualification held by him or her (whether such qualification has been obtained in the Republic or elsewhere) as being equal, either wholly or in part, to any prescribed qualification, whereupon such person shall, to the extent to which the qualification has so "been recognised, be deemed to hold such prescribed qualification;
(f) after consultation with another professional board or boards, establish a joint standing committee or committees of the boards concerned; and
(g) perform such other functions as may be prescribed, and generally, do all such things as the professional board deems necessary or expedient to achieve the objects of this Act in relation to a profession falling within the ambit of the professional board.


(2) Any decision of a professional board relating to a matter falling entirely within its ambit shall not be subject to ratification by the council, and the council shall, for this purpose, determine whether a matter falls entirely within the ambit of a professional board.


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