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Office of Health Standards Compliance Enforcement Policy Drawn Up

December 9, 2020

Department of Health

The Office of Health Standards Compliance’s Enforcement Policy has been drawn up.

The Enforcement Policy was published in Government Gazette 43962.

It was drafted in terms of the Procedural Regulations Pertaining to the Functioning of the Office of Health Standards Compliance and Handling of Complaints by the Ombud published in 2016.

The Regulations “set out procedures and processes for the collection of information from health establishments by the Office, the certification of health establishments, the conducting of inspections, the dealing with non-compliance by health establishments with norms and standards, as well as the procedures and processes for the consideration, investigation and disposal of complaints relating to non-compliance with norms and standards, by the Ombud”.

The Regulations call on the Office of Health Standards Compliance to develop an Enforcement Policy that sets out the Office’s approach to enforcing compliance and publish it in the Gazette within 25 working days of approval by the Board.

The Enforcement Policy sets out the “approach to be followed by the Office in enforcing compliance by health establishments with the prescribed norms and standards to guide its employees, the Board as well as the categories of health establishments to whom the prescribed norms and standards apply”.

The roles and responsibilities of stakeholders are also set out.

The Enforcement Policy came into effect on the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Board Notice 142, the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa published annual fees for 2021.

Fees must be paid by 31 March 2021.

Fees include R2535 application fee for temporary registration, R5000 examination fee for persons who are temporarily registered, R4225 fee for late registration as student, R2200 annual registration fee in respect of one profession where fees are paid on or after 1 January and before 1 April, R870 fee for issue of registration certificate and R5000 professional board examination fee.