I know, I am stating the obvious but in order to go into private practice, you need to make sure that your registration is updated to independent practice and you need to ensure that your annual fees are up to date.
An annual fee is payable for this registration and failure to pay this fee could result in suspension from the register. If for some reason a practitioner is suspended from the register, they can redeem themselves by applying for restoration and paying the restoration fee.
Voluntary erasure from the register is possible if the practitioner does not intend to practice his/her profession in South Africa for a given period of time. A request has to be submitted in writing before 31 March of the year voluntary erasure is requested.
There are nine main registration categories (not all categories apply to all professions), namely:
- Student Intern
- Public Service – Community Service
- Supervised Practice
- Independent Practice
- Private Practice
- Specialised Practice
- Sub-Specialised Practice
Professional Boards are co-ordinating bodies for healthcare practitioners registered with the HPCSA. The respective boards that are established for a specific profession, deal with matters relating to a specific profession.