The IAMRA Programme Planning Committee (PPC) is mandated to develop a scientific programme that is relevant, interesting, balanced, meets the objectives of the conference.

Within the overarching Conference theme “Vision for Heath Practitioner Regulation Beyond 20/20”, the PPC invites you to submit abstracts linked to the following five sub-themes and examples.

Physician Wellness

Managing impaired practitioners
Misuse of opioids / other drugs of dependence
Building resilience
Safe work environments
Career options for older practitioners

Designing Sustainable Regulation

Team-based regulation
Working with regulators of other professions
Multi-profession regulatory authorities
Community engagement
Regulatory autonomy, law and governance
Risk-based regulation and managing data
Balancing Human Rights, Ethics and Law
Universal Health Coverage

Disruption in Regulation

Artificial Intelligence
New technologies and regulation
New therapies and regulation
Disaster responses

Competence Systems

Improving quality (CQI)
Assuring competence/performance
Cultural competence
Risk factors
Complaint management
Prescribing drugs of dependence
Assessing IMGs


The Program Planning Committee will welcome abstracts on other topics of interest to the membership relevant to the regulation of health practitioners

Instructions for submitting abstracts online

1. Register for abstract submission

  • Click on the abstract registration link
  • Complete your name, surname, email address and your chosen password on the registration form and click on “sign up”
  • Confirm your registration by following the link in the confirmation email that will be sent to your email address

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 15 April 2020.

2. Submitting an abstract

  • Log in on the abstract submission system
  • Click on the ‘Add abstract’ button
  • Enter all required fields and submit
  • Click on the ‘Add author’ link above the author table in order to add more authors
  • Once you are happy with your abstract, click the ‘Submit for review’ button in order to make it available to reviewers.

3. Edit an abstract already on the system

  • Log in on the abstract submission system
  • Open your abstract by clicking on the title
  • Click on the ‘Edit’ button in order to edit the abstract body and other selections
  • Click on the ‘Delete’ button in order to delete your abstract
  • Click on the ‘Add author’ link above the author table in order to add more authors
  • Click on the ‘edit’ icon next to an author in order to edit an author
  • Click on the ‘delete’ icon next to an author in order to delete an author


Please click here to download the guidelines and requirements for submitting the abstract

Please read through the submission instructions below before preparing your abstract:

  • All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission facility.
  • If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Organising Office for further information at –


The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 15 April 2020.


  • Abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • The abstract body must not exceed 300 words.
  • The word limit relates only to the body of the abstract and does not include title, authors, qualifications, affiliations and institutions. These should be populated in the section below the abstract as per submission site.
  • The abstract title must not exceed 150 characters.
  • Font type must be Arial 11pt.
  • Use single line spacing.
  • Tables or graphics may be included in the abstract body. All formatting is preserved (italics, bold, superscripting, subscripting, underlining) and symbol characters (i.e., ±, µ, ß) may be used.
  • Standard abbreviations may be used for common terms. Otherwise, abbreviations should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word/s. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the full name/term is contained in the body of the abstract.


The Programme Planning Committee in its review, will consider a number of factors, including –

  • Is the abstract relevant to the Conference Theme and Sub Theme?
  • Does the title reflect the content of the abstract?
  • Is the theme of the abstract clear/explicit?
  • Is the abstract interesting in that it adds new knowledge or a fresh perspective?
  • Does the abstract add to the current body of work in this area?
  • Does the topic include national and international perspectives and is it of relevance to a broad range of Conference attendees?
  • Is there an opportunity for audience engagement and participation?

The Programme Planning Committee requests that authors keep the audience in mind and ensure presentations are engaging and interactive.


  • Acceptance notifications will be sent to the submitting author via e-mail by 20 May 2020.
  • Accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference Programme.

For more information please contact iamraabstract@hpcsa.co.za