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

Chapter II : Education, Training and Registration

25. Registration of persons who hold qualifications not prescribed for registration

[Section 25 heading substituted by section 26 of Act No. 29 of 2007]


(1) The Minister may after consultation with the council by regulation provide that any person who holds such a qualification which the council may accept by virtue of the fact that such qualification, in the opinion of the council, indicates a satisfactory standard of professional education and training, may be registered in terms of this section in the applicable prescribed registration category, and thereupon the relevant professional board may in its discretion, but subject to any regulations and national health policy and international protocols which the Minister may make or be subject to, register such person.


(2) A professional board may require a person who holds a qualification referred to in subsection (1) and who applies for registration in terms of this section, to pass to the satisfaction of the professional board, on a date and at a place determined by the professional board, an evaluation contemplated in subsection (3) before persons appointed by the professional board, for the purpose of determining whether such person possesses adequate professional knowledge, skill and competence and whether he or she is proficient in any of the official languages of the Republic.


(3) The council may from time to time determine—
(a) the nature of the evaluation which shall be conducted the purpose of subsection (2), the requirements for admission and any other matter relating to such evaluation, including the number of attempts; and
(b) the fees which shall be paid by persons who present themselves for such evaluation by persons who present themselves for such evaluation.


(a) Despite section 24A, no person with a foreign qualification may be registered in the category independent practice unless he or she is a South African citizen or has attained permanent residence status in terms of the Immigration Act 2002, (Act No. 13 of 2002).
(b) The Council may exempt any person who has applied for exemption and is in the Republic for a temporary and particular purpose.


(4) The Minister may, in consultation with the council and the relevant professional board, make regulations concerning the imposition of restrictions on any person registered in terms of subsection (1), subject to which he or she shall be entitled to practise the profession in question, and the lifting of such restrictions.


[Section 25 substituted by section 26 of Act No. 29 of 2007]