ABOUT HEALTH PROFESSIONS COUNCIL OF ZAMBIA

The Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) is a statutory regulatory body established under the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia

our legal mandate

We regulate the health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to Registration, Accreditation, Health Facilities Licensing, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring continuing professional development, and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.

REGISTRATION

Registration with the Health Professions Council of Zambia is a requirement for professional practice and it is also legal to keep all personal details and practice licenses up to date at all times.

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THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS COUNCIL OF ZAMBIA

The government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Health (MoH) spearheads the provision of health services in Zambia. It is the major provider of healthcare services to the general public. With the introduction of the Health Professions Act, the Council has been given the mandate to register and regulate all Health Facilities in Zambia, both public and private and Training Institutions teaching health sciences.

The Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) is a statutory regulatory body established under the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia. The functions of HPCZ as enshrined in the Act are as follows;

  • Registration of health practitioners and regulation of their professional conduct (except for nurses who are registered and regulated under another Act);
  • Licensing and regulation of all health facilities;
  • Accreditation of healthcare services provided by health facilities; and the
  • Recognition and approval of training programmes for health practitioners.
  • Conducting and managing professional licensure examinations

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • HPCZ -COPPERBELT FACILITIES CLOSURE

    HPCZ -COPPERBELT FACILITIES CLOSURE

    The Health Professions Council of Zambia- HPCZ has cited and closed down five (5) health facilities in Luanshya, Kitwe and Ndola on the Copperbelt Province for various violations, contrary to the laws of Zambia. [...]
  • WITHDRAWAL OF RECOGNITION AND APPROVAL OF PROGRAMMES AT COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

    WITHDRAWAL OF RECOGNITION AND APPROVAL OF PROGRAMMES AT COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

    Copperbelt University- CBU in Kitwe, Copperbelt Province has been ordered to immediately discontinue offering two (2) programmes at its School of Medicine for failure to meet set standards in accordance with the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia. The Health Professions Council of Zambia- HPCZ has withdrawn recognition and approval of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) and the Bachelor of Dental Surgery after a recent compliance monitoring inspection revealed gross over-enrollment of students, an inadequate number of lecturers, engaging unregistered and unlicensed lecturers that are health practitioners and failure to index students. [...]
  • ONLINE SERVICES

    ONLINE SERVICES

    HPCZ has now launched online services that allow practitioners to access services like online renewal of practicing certificates. [...]

EXPIRED DRUGS AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES IN HEALTH FACILITIES

23rd December 2018
PRESS STATEMENT- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Health Professions Council of Zambia- HPCZ has observed with great concern a growing trend where some health facilities are stocking and dispensing expired drugs and medical supplies. HPCZ recently conducted compliance monitoring inspections in Lusaka Province from December 3rd to 13th 2018, an exercise which has revealed high levels of noncompliance among a number of facilities.

Thirty two (32) out of one hundred and twenty (120) health facilities were found stocking and dispensing expired drugs and medical supplies. These findings signal an epidemic of expired drugs being administered to the unsuspecting public, but HPCZ will not allow the situation to persist as it compromises patients’ safety.The 32 noncompliant healthcare facilities have since been closed and will be dealt with in accordance with the Law.

In our quest to effectively protect the public and to ensure total compliance to National Health Care Standards, penalties will extend to individual pharmacists and doctors in charge of these facilities.
The health practitioners in charge of healthcare facilities have a professional responsibility to make sure that their facilities operate in conformity with National Health Care Standards and for this reason, the Council will summon the Practitioners who are in charge of the cited facilities to account for their actions and to show cause why they should not be held in breach of the professional code of conduct and ethics.
The Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia under Section 75 allows the Council to pursue heads of Institutions or Units in their individual capacity for any facility found in breach of the National Healthcare Standards. HPCZ would like to appeal to Health Practitioners to continue striving to uphold professional norms at all times. We wish to take this opportunity to thank Practitioners whose facilities were found compliant.

Chinyota Msimuko (Mr)
Senior Public Relations Officer

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS ON GOVERNMENT PMEC SYSTEM

ONLINE RENEWAL OF HPCZ LICENCES

HPCZ would like to inform all Health Practitioners (Zambians and Non-Zambians) on the Government Payroll Management Establishment and Control (PMEC) System, that we have introduced online renewal services strictly for renewing, downloading and printing of practicing licences and certificates.
Registrants can access the service commencing 18th December 2018.
For more details on how to utilise the online services please visit www.hpcz.org.zm

Kindly take this as official notification from the Health Professions Council of Zambia.


Signed & Issued by:
The Public Relations Unit

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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS ON GOVERNMENT PEMEC SYSTEM

It is a requirement under the health Professions Act.24 of the Laws of Zambia that all health practitioners should renew their practicing licences before the beginning of each year.

Following the notice issued on 3rd October, 2018 concerning renewal of 2019 licenses and certificates, HPCZ would like to inform all health practitioners on government Payroll Management Establishment and Control (PMEC) system that deductions for the year 2019 practicing licences renewal were effected this October 2018. This is to meet requirements of the HPCZ Act which demand that all health practitioners must have a valid practicing licence by 1st January of each year.

HPCZ sincerely apologises for the inconvenience caused for not communicating in advance.
Kindly take this as official notification from the Health Professions Council of Zambia.

Issued by:
The Public Relations Unit
Health Professions Council of Zambia

Dated : Saturday 27th October, 2018.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE -LICENSURE EXAMINATIONS

Health Professions Council of Zambia is currently accepting applications for the first quarter licensure examinations for 2019.
The deadline for submission of LEX Application Forms has been extended to Friday 1st February, 2019 at 17 00 hours.
Late registration will run from Monday 4th February to Friday 8th February, 2019 which attracts double the LEX fees.
Kindly note that no further extensions will be made after these dates.
The commencement of HPCZ Licensure Examinations for all health professions has been moved from Monday 28th January, 2019 to Monday 25th February, 2019.
Note that the Examination Timetable will be published on www.hpcz.org.zm two (2) weeks prior to the commencement of examinations.
For queries contact the Examinations Department on +260950826849.

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Withdrawal of recognition and approval of programmes from four Universities.

Press Statement Dated : 18th December, 2018.

Following the recent pronouncement by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to the effect that 30 Higher Education Institutions were not certified to operate as Higher Education Institutions, the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) would like to state its interest with particular reference to four, of all the affected Institutions.

Among the Institutions that do not have valid HEA Certification are City University of Science and Technology, Luapula Hub of Knowledge, Harvest University and Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM).

With the unfolding development from our counterpart HEA, HPCZ would like to inform students and other stakeholders that the four Institutions will no longer be recognised as offering the following health programmes:

1. City University of Science and Technology- Diploma of Clinical Medical Sciences

2. Harvest University – Diploma of Environmental Health Sciences

3. LIUTEBM – Bachelor of Science Food and Nutrition

4. Luapula Hub of Knowledge – 1. Diploma of Clinical Medicine  2. Diploma in Environmental Health

The invalidity of the HEA certification means that the mentioned institutions are not regarded as Higher Education Institutions and cannot be operating as such at present moment.

HPCZ programmes can only be operated by certified and recognised Higher Education Institutions. Therefore, in line with the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia, The Council has with immediate effect withdrawn recognition and approval of the stated programmes from the four Universities.

The withdrawal remains until such time as the institutions resolve matters with the Higher Education Authority. Once resolved, the cited institutions will then be required to reapply to HPCZ for restoration of their withdrawn medical programmes.

Signed & Issued by: Chinyota Msimuko (Mr)

Senior Public Relations Officer – 0979- 661252

NOTICE OF INSPECTIONS

PRESS STATEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8TH JANUARY, 2019

In the continued quest to safeguard and ensure delivery of safe health care to all, the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) will be conducting compliance checks for Health Practitioners and Health Facilities from the 7th to the 22nd of January 2019.

This therefore, serves as reminder to all Health Practitioners as well as Health Facilities to have their 2019 licenses renewed and validated, so as to avoid incurring penalties in the form of fees and or prosecution.

By the Laws of The Republic of Zambia, an employer who engages unlicensed Health Practitioners commits an offence under the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009.

Make compliance your priority because as HPCZ we have made it ours. Remember license renewal physical inspections commence on the 7th of January 2019.

This is an official public message from the Health Professions Council of Zambia.

Signed and Issued by

Chinyota Msimuko (Mr),  Senior Public Relations Officer.

 

NOTICE TO ALL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS, HEALTH FACILITIES AND TRAINING INSTITUTIONS

LICENCES AND CERTIFICATES RENEWALS FOR 2019

This serves to remind all Health Practitioners, Training Institutions and Health Facilities licensed under the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia that you are required to renew your practicing certificates and approval licenses for 2019.

The renewal exercise will run from October 1st 2018 to December 31st 2018 and please note that there will be no extension.

Avoid any inconveniences that could result from failure to comply with the conditions of your licence/certificate as stipulated in the Law.



All renewal payments must be deposited at any Zambia National Commercial Bank Branch using the

Bill Muster Platform or at any BARCLAYS Bank Branch using the details:
Account (A/C) Name: Health Professions Council of Zambia
Account (A/C) No: 16-6883911
Branch: Lusaka Business Centre
Sort Code: 20016
Swift Code: BARCZMLX

Cheque deposits shall also be accepted.

ISSUED by:
THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER /REGISTRAR
HEALTH PROFESSIONS COUNCIL OF ZAMBIA

DATED: WEDNESDAY 3RD OCTOBER, 2018


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WITHDRAWAL OF RECOGNITION AND APPROVAL OF PROGRAMMES AT COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Press Statement Dated : 9th November, 2018.

Copperbelt University- CBU in Kitwe, Copperbelt Province has been ordered to immediately discontinue offering two (2) programmes at its School of Medicine for failure to meet set standards in accordance with the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia. The Health Professions Council of Zambia- HPCZ has withdrawn recognition and approval of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) and the Bachelor of Dental Surgery after a recent compliance monitoring inspection revealed gross over-enrollment of students, an inadequate number of lecturers, engaging unregistered and unlicensed lecturers that are health practitioners and failure to index students.

In the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programme, the University overenrolled by 494 students bringing the total number pursuing this programme to 794. The lecturer-student ratios therefore, exceed the recommended 1 to 50 for theory for students in Clinical years 3 to 5 and the practical ratios of 1 to 10 for students in both the foundation and Clinical years. Additionally, all the 794 students are not indexed with HPCZ. Another major finding is the lack of lecturers in several courses including Psychology, Histology, Pathology and Body Dysfunction.

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Violation of Patient’s Privacy and Confidentiality

Press Statement Dated : Tuesday 13th November 2018.

The Health Professions Council of Zambia has confirmed receipt of a complaint from the public on the alleged violation of patients’ right to privacy and confidentiality who were attending Anti-Retro Viral Treatment (ART) session conducted by Mr. Mwansa Chalwe, Clinical Officer General holder of license number HPCZ 10/2/14/06491 working at Nansenga Clinic in Itezhi-tezi, Central Province.

It is alleged that Mr. Mwansa Chalwe, posted pictures of clients (Patients) during an ART session on his Facebook page which violated their privacy and confidentiality. The alleged action by the Clinical Officer General was unethical and a professional misconduct.
Mr. Chalwe has since been served with a letter of suspension of his practicing license while HPCZ conducts further investigations into the matter.

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HPCZ, HEA JOINT STATEMENT ON BACHELOR OF MEDICINE & BACHELOR OF SURGERY AND BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY PROGRAMMES OFFERED AT CBU

Press Statement Dated : 15th November 2018.

LUSAKA – Following exhaustive consultation and guidance from the Attorney General’s Chambers and relevant stakeholders on the legal mandate of Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) and Higher Education Authority (HEA) regarding the regulation of health training programmes at training institutions, we wish to jointly clarify the position as follows:

 

  1. Both Health Professions Council (HPCZ) and Higher Education Authority (HEA) have come to a common understanding that there are deficiencies in the Bachelor of medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Dental Surgery Programmes being offered at the Copperbelt University (CBU).

2. CBU must develop an improvement plan which will address deficiencies that were observed by both HPCZ and HEA.

3. HPCZ and HEA are statutory bodies established by two separate Acts of Parliament, meaning that the two are independent bodies with interest of ensuring quality education of health professionals.

4. The withdrawal of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and the Bachelor of Dental Surgery programmes at the Copperbelt University School of Medicine by HPCZ was in line with the law as enshrined in the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia.

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REINSTATEMENT OF TRAINING PROGRAMMES AT THE COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Press Statement Dated: 5th December, 2018

The Health Professions Council of Zambia(HPCZ) is through this statement formally announcing the reinstatement of the two previously withdrawn medical training programmes at the Copperbelt University’s Michael Chilufya Sata School of Medicine in Ndola.The reinstated training programmes are Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBCHB), and the Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

Following the withdrawal of the aforementioned programmes the Council acknowledges the efforts to correct the areas of want and or infringements by the training institution and is hereby reinstating the two named programmes.

This decision from HPCZ comes after CBU met the minimum prerequisites and committed to agreed rectification road map to continue addressing all remaining recommendations.

HPCZ takes this opportunity to thank the Copperbelt University, students, parents,sponsors,regulators,all key stakeholders and the general public for the support rendered.

Issued By Public Relations Unit.

Chinyota Msimuko
Senior Public Relations Officer

WITHDRAWAL OF RECOGNITION AND APPROVAL OF THE STATED PROGRAMMES FROM THE FOUR UNIVERSITIES

PRESS STATEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
18TH DECEMBER, 2018
Following the recent pronouncement by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to the effect that 30 Higher Education Institutions were not certified to operate as Higher Education Institutions, the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) would like to state its interest with particular reference to four, of all the affected Institutions.
Among the Institutions that do not have valid HEA Certification are City University of Science and Technology, Luapula Hub of Knowledge, Harvest University and Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM).
With the unfolding development from our counterpart HEA, HPCZ would like to inform students and other stakeholders that the four Institutions will no longer be recognised as offering the following health programmes:
1. City University of Science and Technology- Diploma of Clinical Medical Sciences
2. Harvest University – Diploma of Environmental Health Sciences
3. LIUTEBM – Bachelor of Science Food and Nutrition
4. Luapula Hub of Knowledge – 1. Diploma of Clinical Medicine
2. Diploma in Environmental Health
The invalidity of the HEA certification means that the mentioned institutions are not regarded as Higher Education Institutions and cannot be operating as such at present moment.
HPCZ programmes can only be operated by certified and recognised Higher Education Institutions. Therefore, in line with the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia, The Council has with immediate effect withdrawn recognition and approval of the stated programmes from the four Universities.
The withdrawal remains until such time as the institutions resolve matters with the Higher Education Authority. Once resolved, the cited institutions will then be required to reapply to HPCZ for restoration of their withdrawn medical programmes.

Signed & Issued by:
Chinyota Msimuko (Mr)
Senior Public Relations Officer – 0979- 661252