WELCOME

The 14th International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) International Conference under the theme “Vision for Health Regulation Beyond 20/20” will be hosted by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), the conference will be taking place from 15th  – 18th  September 2020 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

The conference will host medical and health regulators, academics, health professionals, policy makers and members of the public, with the aim of facilitating an exchange of information and meaningful collaboration among health practitioner regulatory authorities, which will provide for the development of concepts and new approaches in health practitioner regulation.

 

We live in an era where the practice of medicine is changing rapidly, technology is pervasive, team base care is a norm and we hope at this conference all these matters will be discussed. The changing regulatory landscape demands a regulatory authority that is responsive, which is why we hope to connect medical and health regulators across the globe, in order to share experience on local and global healthcare trends.

 

As the President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA)  , it is my greatest pleasure to warmly invite you to the 14th International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) International Conference and look forward to insightful and fruitful dialogues.

 

Thank you

Dr TKS Letlape

About the conference

The conference aims to facilitate an exchange of information and meaningful collaboration among health regulatory authorities, which will provide for the development of concepts and new approaches in health regulation. The conference will provide an opportunity for delegates across all health sectors, health regulators, policy makers, academics and service providers amongst others; to engage on regulatory matters pertaining to the healthcare environment; including the shifting global and local healthcare trends. The conference will also engage on the promotion of effective health regulation worldwide by supporting best practice, innovation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing in the interest of public safety and in support of the health professions.

 

With numerous emerging trends within the healthcare environment such as innovation, technological advancement, shortage of resources, financial viability etc. It is envisaged that the IAMRA conference will offer its members a unique, welcoming, and collaborative environment in which regulatory communicators can connect directly with peers and experts, fill gaps in knowledge, and acquire practical resources to help them work efficiently and effectively.

About IAMRA

With over one hundred members from all regions of the world, IAMRA promotes effective medical regulation worldwide by supporting best practice, innovation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing in the interest of public safety and in support of the medical profession.

 

Vision

Everyone around the world is treated and cared for by safe and competent doctors.

 

Purpose

IAMRA promotes effective medical regulation worldwide by supporting best practice, innovation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing in the interest of public safety and in support of the medical profession and has over one hundred members from all regions of the world.

 

Goals:

  • Support medical regulatory authorities to achieve best practice by:
  • Creating a global community of medical regulators by expanding IAMRA’s membership, partnerships and impact, and increasing value to members.
  • Supporting and encouraging members to develop mechanisms for assuring the continued competence of doctors.
  • Promoting and enabling the sharing of fitness to practice/disciplinary information among IAMRA members.
  • Strengthening the evidence base for regulation by encouraging research and evaluation of regulatory processes, and the publication and sharing of findings.

 

Objectives

  • Increase membership in under-represented areas (e.g., Central and South America, Asia, Pacific, Europe, non-English-speaking Africa)
  • Identify key IAMRA resources that should be offered in other languages (website and conference content)
  • Facilitate opportunities for interaction among IAMRA members via website, webinar, events, and social media
  • Support and enhance the capability of developing regulatory authorities
  • Survey IAMRA members
  • Provide members with relevant and useful guidelines and policy statements
  • Develop and implement an award for excellence, innovation and leadership in medical regulation
  • Present biennial continued competency symposia
  • Continue the proactive data sharing pilot project
  • Facilitate the efficient and effective use of Certificates of Good Standing (CGS)/Certificates of Professional Standing (CPS) by all medical regulatory authorities
  • Facilitate members’ access to current research in medical regulation
  • Guide medical regulatory authorities in the development of their research agendas

About the HPCSA

The Health Professions Council of South Africa is a statutory body whose legislative mandate is established in terms of the Health Professions Act (Act 56 of 1974). The mandate of the HPCSA is to protect the public and guide the professions.

 

This mandate is derived from the Health Professions Act, 56 of 1974. The Act seeks to provide for control over the education, training and registration for practising healthcare professions registered under the Act.  The HPCSA is mandated to regulate the health professions in the country in aspects pertaining to education, training and registration, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.

 

In order to safeguard the public and guiding the professions, registration in terms of the Act is a prerequisite for practising any of the health professions registrable with Council.

 

The HPCSA comprises of 12 Professional Boards which represent the various healthcare professions in the country.

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Delegate Profile

  • Representatives of the Health Practitioner Regulatory Authorities Worldwide
  • Healthcare practitioners
  • Students and Interns in the health environment
  • Department of Health
  • Associations and Societies
  • Educational and training institutions
  • Representative of health regulatory authorities
  • Government agencies who are involved in medical workforce and regulation
  • The entire health fraternity
  • Opinion Leaders and Health commentators
  • Media (local and international)