About The MPDCZ
The Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe is a statutory body established in terms of Section 29 of the Health Professions Act (Chapter 27:19) whose responsibility is to regulate the medical and dental professions in Zimbabwe. The functions of the Council inter-alia are to REGISTER, EDUCATE AND DISCIPLINE the medical and dental professions.
In terms of Section 30 of the Health Professions Act (Chapter 27:19) the functions of the Council are to:
- Assist in the promotion of the health of the population of Zimbabwe
- Regulate, control and supervise all matters affecting the training of the medical and dental professions
- Promote liaison in the field of training both in Zimbabwe and elsewhere and to monitor, enforce and improve the standards of such training in Zimbabwe
- Advise the Minister on any matter affecting the medical and dental professions
- Communicate to the Minister information on matters of public importance acquired by the Council in the performance of its functions
- Consider and determine applications for the registration of professions concerned subject to such conditions whether as to qualifications or otherwise as may be prescribed by the Council
- Establish and maintain one or more registers for registrations
- Issue practicing certificates to registered persons, cancel or suspend such certificates in terms of the act
- Define and enforce ethical practice and discipline among registered persons
- Encourage co-operation between the Council and other councils
- Take such steps as appear to the Council to be necessary or desirable to advance the standing and effectiveness of the medical and dental professions.
- Present the views of registered persons on national, regional and international issues
- Evaluate and monitor the standards of qualifying examinations, courses and training of registered professions
- Evaluate any examinations, training courses and qualifications of foreign institutions for the purpose of registration
- Perform any other function that may be conferred or imposed upon the Council by the Act or any enactment
About The HPA
The Health Professions Authority (HPA) of Zimbabwe is a health professions regulatory body which was established following the repealing of the Medical, Dental and Allied Professions Act (Chapter 27:08) and the disbandment of the Health Professions Council (HPC) on 30 June 2001.
The Health Professions Authority was created in terms of the provisions of Section 4 of the new Health Professions Act (Chapter 27:19) which came into effect on 2nd April 2001. The Health Professions Authority commenced operations on 1st July 2001.
Section 5 of the Health Professions Act (Chapter 27:19) empowers the Health Professions Authority to undertake the following:
- to formulate, develop and implement measures and policies designed to -
- co-ordinate and integrate the functioning and operations of members of the health professions;
- ensure the provision and promote the enhancement of efficient professional services by members of the health professions;
- to liaise and collaborate with all the Councils and, without in any way limiting the generality of this paragraph, to advise the Councils on matters pertaining to -
practice control; and
education, training and examinations; and
minimum standards required for any premises in or at which members of any health profession practisetheir profession or calling;
- to encourage dialogue between the Government, the Authority and the Councils;
- to implement Government policy on any matter relating to the health professions;
- to convene an Annual Congress in terms of Section 20 of the Act;
- to administer, as separate accounts, the funds of each Council;
- to mediate and settle any disputes arising between Councils or between a Council and a registered person;
- to hear appeals referred to it in terms of the Act.
- In addition to the above, the Authority is required to perform the following functions:
Registration of health institutions (Part XVIII) Inspections of health institutions (Section 26)
- to perform any other function that may be conferred or imposed upon it by or in terms of the Health Professions Act (Chapter 27:19) or any other enactment