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Code of Conduct for Health Standards Inspectors in Place

June 4, 2019

Department of Health

4 June 2019

The Code of Conduct for Health Standards Inspectors is in place.

The Office of Health Standards Compliance published the Code in Government Gazette 42496 in terms of the National Health Act.

The Code sets out the standards of professional and ethical conduct expected of all the Inspectors.

It also sets the standard on actions, appearance, conduct and demeanor.

Detail is provided on, inter alia, values and principles, compliance with laws and regulations, conduct towards health users and the public, conduct towards the office, conduct towards health establishments and healthcare staff, personal conduct, conflict of interest and reporting.

Inspectors must “report to the appropriate authorities, fraud, corruption, nepotism, maladministration or any other act which constitutes an offence, or which is prejudicial to the public interests”.

Inspectors are expected to report findings in an objective and transparent manner and not knowingly understate or overstate the significance of any reported condition.

Meanwhile, in Notice 812, the health department published amended Regulations Relating to the Reduction of Sodium in Certain Foodstuffs and Related Matters.

The amendments were drawn up in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act of 1972.

Items 7-9 in Table 1 in Regulation 2 are amended. The items deal with processed meats and raw-processed meat sausages.

In Notice 80, fees payable to the South African Nursing Council have been adjusted.

The fees are annual fees payable for 2020 as from 1 July 2019 until the end of the year.

The adjusted fees will apply for subsequent years until a further adjustment is made.

Fees include R670 for professional nurse, R400 for staff nurse and R280 for auxiliary nurse.

Restoration fees and fees payable by institutions are also listed.

Other fees include R2030 for certificate of status fee, R400 for examination fee, R940 for late entry fee for exams and R400 for registration fee for additional qualifications.