SUSPENSION OF CERTAIN CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
22 March 2013
For immediate release
Pretoria – The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) announced the immediate suspension of all Continued Professional Development (CPD) activities requiring the completion of multiple choice questionnaires for the accrual of Continuing Educational Unite (CEUs). The only exception would be those offered by Professional Associations linked to the review of scholarly journal articles.
Following complaints received of abuse in this category by certain providers and pharmaceutical companies of CPD activities, the Council resolved to suspend, until further notice, the approval of all DVD, CD, internet or email activities that require practitioners to complete multiple choice questions after reading through the approved material. In the past, with a pass rate of 70%, practitioners would earn up to three Continued Educational Units (CEUs) per questionnaire.
“Healthcare practitioners have a responsibility to continually update their professional knowledge and skills for the end benefit of themselves as well as the patient or client. Consequently, any manipulation of this part of the programme which could in any way compromise the CPD process cannot be tolerated,” Dr Buyiswa Mjamba-Matshoba, HPCSA CEO and Registrar said.
Compulsory CPD for all professions registered with the HPCSA was introduced in January 2007 and healthcare practitioners are required to enhance their professional practice by engaging in accredited CPD activities each year. The CPD programme is based on trust with practitioners only required to submit their CPD portfolios when audited by the Council.
“All practitioners should aspire to standards of excellence in healthcare delivery and this is only achievable through CPD. We are guiding our practitioners by putting a stop to this abuse by some providers and pharmaceutical companies.”
“We would like to apologise to all practitioners who may be negatively impacted by this decision, however, the intention of CPD is to assist practitioners to acquire new and updated levels of knowledge, skills and ethical attitudes that underpin competent practice, and we cannot allow this process to be undermined,” Dr Mjamba-Matshoba concluded.