HPCSA COS Certificate of Status :

HPCSA COS Certificate of Status :

Organisation : Health Professions Council of South Africa


Facility Name : Apply For Certificate of Status (COS)

Applicable For : All Registers


How To Apply For HPCSA Certificate of Status (COS)?

In terms of section 23 of the Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act No. 56 of 1974) the Registrar may only issue an HPCSA Certificate of Status (COS) to registered practitioners and those that are voluntarily erased from the register.

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** Certificate of Status will be issued to a Practitioner after submission of an affidavit that no criminal or unprofessional conduct proceedings are pending against him/her.

** The practitioner sends a written request to with proof of payment and full details of where the certificate should be sent/posted or delivered to.

** To have certificate delivered by courier the following fee is payable for delivery in SA – R130.00 and for any overseas delivery R600.00 including vat, (delivery time approximately 7-10 days overseas).

** The certificate can also be send electronically as per understanding between certain authorities, GMC included.

** if no courier fee is paid the certificate will be sent by normal registered mail at no extra cost.

** Please provide postal/physical address for postage purposes.

** If a practitioners name was voluntary erased a certificate letter of good standing would be issued.

Please Note The Following:

** Practitioners are advised that Certificates of Status (COS) will be issued within 10 working days from date of request provided that payment is reflecting on the HPCSA account.

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** If you are visiting the HPCSA to request a Certificate of Good Standing/Status, your request will only be finalised once we have received clearance from our legal department, therefore no certificate will be issued on the same day of submission of request.

** The Departments of Legal Services and Registrations will however strive to issue the certificates as quickly as possible.

How To Pay HPCSA Annual Renewal Fee?

** Council urges Practitioners to use the Online Portal to pay their Annual Fee.

** Council launched an Online Renewal Portal in March 2017 to enable practitioners to renew annual fees online.

** We urge practitioners to use the Online Renewals Portal. Should you encounter challenges using the portal please contact the Call Centre on 012 338 9300/1 or email them the screenshot of the error message on

** Once you have gone through the renewal process online, including making the appropriate payment, you will be able to view and/or print an electronic “QR coded” proof of payment of current annual fee renewal for 2020/21.

** This is official HPCSA proof that a practitioner is up to date with their annual fee payments.

Exemptions from payment of Annual Fees:

A health professional may be exempted from payment of the annual fee if he /she turns 71 before 31 March of the year. If he /she only turns 71 on 1 April or thereafter, he/she will be exempted from paying the annual fee from the following financial year.

If no ID number or copy of the ID document is on file, the health professional has to submit a copy thereof with the request to be exempted.

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The following registers are exceptions and may apply for exemption if they turn 66 before 1 April according to the same principle as above:

** Environmental Health Practitioners

** Medical Technologists,

** Medical Technicians,

** Radiographers,

** Supplementary Diagnostic Radiographers

** Dietitians,

** Nutritionists.

HPCSA Contact

HPCSA, 553 Madiba St, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0002

(+27) 12 338 9300



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