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OHSC Draws Up Code of Conduct for Inspectors

January 23, 2019

Office of Health Standards Compliance

The Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) has published a Code of Conduct for Inspectors.

The Code of Conduct, published in Government Gazette 42162, was drawn up in terms of the Procedural Regulations Pertaining to the Functioning of the Office of Health Standards Compliance and Handling of Complaints by the Ombud.

The OHSC was set up by the National Health Amendment Act of 2013 to protect and promote the health and safety of users of health services.

The Code of Conduct, setting out standards of ethical and professional conduct, must be signed off by all inspectors prior to the commencement of their duties.

The main aim of the Code is to promote exemplary conduct by setting standards on actions, appearance, conduct and demeanor.

The Code of Conduct contains detail on, inter alia, values and principles, scope, 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, confidentiality, reporting and contravention of the code of conduct.

Inspectors must report any fraud, corruption, nepotism, mal-administration or any other act which constitutes an offence, or which is prejudicial to the public interests.