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 will be launching online services soon that will allow practitioners to access their services like registration and renewal online. [...]

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.
Note that the first quarter licensure examinations commence on 28th January 2019 and will run for a period of 2 weeks.
Prospective candidates should take note that HPCZ Examinations Department will stop processing applications on 14th January 2019 at 17:00hrs.
Applicants are advised to strictly observe this deadline.
For queries contact the Examinations Department on +260950826849.

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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