The HPCSA has made an important change in terms of monitoring CPD compliance

Dear Focus on Health member,

Some important changes have been made in monitoring compliance when it comes to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

  • The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has done away with random audits linked to specific time frames and will now require of you to illustrate continuous compliance by uploading certificates of activities when completed. The implication is that you will no longer upload your Individual CPD Activity Record (IAR).
  • One outcome is that you will not be able to access your practitioner’s card / proof of registration after paying your annual HPCSA fees if you are not compliant. This was the dilemma faced by some practitioners when paying their 2020 fees.

If you received the email from the HPCSA requesting you to upload proof of CPD compliance, please don’t panic or worry about this! We are there to help you throughout this process including provision of CPD activities and uploading your certificates.

Reach out to us by sending an email (safocus@iafrica.com), completing an “audit assistance” request on the website, sending a whatsapp to 074 230 3874 or leaving an offline message on the TAWK functionality (right bottom of website). Include your HPCSA registration number or your FoH membership number. After you have reached out to us also follow the next two steps:

  1. Register on the “new” HPCSA online platform
  2. Complete our consent form

To manage these expected changes, Focus on Health will:

  • Upload individual CPD certificates to the HPCSA’s website on your behalf
  • Assist you should you, while paying your annual HPCSA registration fee, be required to provide proof of CPD compliance
  • Liaise with professional boards to ensure you are kept in the loop with regard to possible changes to the CPD system
  • Pro-actively adapt its CPD offering to reflect changes required.

To this effect, we are increasing our membership fee with R50.00 to ensure we are able to navigate a changing CPD system. We will also be offering a CPD administration membership which allows exclusively for the administration of your CPD portfolio but does not include any activities through which you can earn CEUs.

Our pricing policy for 2021, while much the same as that of 2020, are:

  • An early-bird, discounted fee is payable on all accounts if fully paid up before the end December 2020
  • Between June – August the published fee is applicable
  • After August, all accounts not fully paid up will increase with 20%.

The FoH team

HPCSA Annual Fees 2021/2022

Dear Practitioner

The promulgation of fees payable to Council for the 2021/2022 financial year have been delayed, due to the HPCSA having approved the budget in December 2020 before the surge of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council convened an urgent special meeting on Friday, 12 March 2021 to reconsider the budget approved in December 2020 in consideration of the effect of the pandemic on the practitioners. At this meeting, Council resolved not to increase the annual fees of the eleven (11) Professional Boards from the previous financial year, except for the Medical and Dental Professions Board.

The annual fees for the year 2021 have been promulgated on 19 March 2021. To view the fees for the year 2021 click here.

Practitioners are advised that the annual fees payable to Council will be due on 31 May 2021.

The process of invoicing practitioners will resume, and this process will be concluded before 31 March 2021. Once the invoices have been raised, practitioners will be able to make payments using the online portal and have access to their certificates immediately.

For more information you may refer to the eBulletin published on the 17th of March.

Annual fees payable by Healthcare Professionals

Please view the annual fees for the various Councils below.

Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
The process for the promulgation of the fees payable to Council is currently underway and will be published in the Government Gazette on Friday, 19 March 2021. The process of invoicing practitioners will resume, and this process will be concluded before 31 March 2021. Once the invoices have been raised, practitioners will be able to make payments using the online portal and have access to their certificates immediately.

Dispensing license annual fee (Department of Health)
The annual dispensing license fee of R200.00 is due before the 28th of February 2021. If you need assistance to pay these fees please contact us.

Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF)

Category Annual renewal fee
Solus Practice R344.00
Health Establishments and Devices
Partner
Inspected Facilities
Inspected EMS
Public facility R167.00

Notes:

  • The annual practice code number renewal fee is payable before the 31st of March each year.
  • To view more information, such as banking details and other fees, please click here.

South African Nursing Council (SANC)
The normal annual fees for the calendar year 2021 for different categories of practitioners are provided in the table below:

Category Annual fee for 2021
Registered nurses and midwives R700.00
Enrolled nurses and midwives R418.00
Enrolled nursing auxiliaries R293.00 

Notes: 

  • The annual fees for 2021 must be received by the SANC on or before 31 December 2020.
  • To view the fees applicable to persons 60 to 64 years of age or 65 years of age and older, or to view other important information such as banking details, please click here.

South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC)
The fees published in Board Notice 188 of 2019 for the year 2020 shall be extended for the year 2021, that is, there will be no increase in fees payable to Council.

Please click here to view the fees payable.

Pharmacists are expected to receive an extended deadline to submit proof of CPD compliance

How can Focus on Health help me?

By minimising the admin!

We realise that CPD may be new and overwhelming to many pharmacists and therefore we would like to assure our members we will be there every step of the way to assist with the CPD cycle. We will also keep record of your portfolio of evidence on your behalf, as required by the SAPC. You can also expect to continuously receive access to new activities as new topics emerge (for example, COVID-19).

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