The HPCSA says it has invoked its Business Continuity
Plan in the light of the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic as a national
disaster in the country. The measures are aimed at limiting physical contact during
its operations to prevent and reduce the impact of the outbreak.

“The plan is aimed at ensuring that
important services within the HPCSA continue functioning with as little
disruption as possible. In principle it means that general staff members will
be working from home except for the skeleton staff who are involved in essential
services of the HPCSA.

• Provision has been made for registrations
applications to be dropped off in boxes that are provided at the HPCSA for
processing.

• The HPCSA is encouraging practitioners to
refrain from coming to the HPCSA premises to renew their registration, but
rather utilise the online renewal portal. The guidelines on how to use the
Online Renewal Portal are available on the HPCSA Website (www.hpcsa.co.za) ) or send queries to info@hpcsa.co.za  should practitioners encounter any
difficulties in registering online, the HPCSA Call Centre will be available to
assist practitioners.

This arrangement will be in place until
further notice. The HPCSA is also concerned about the well – being of the
practitioners during this time and will be further disseminating the Department
of Health in collaboration with the National Institute of Communicable Disease
Clinical Guidelines for all health practitioners.