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This is where all the action is!!!  The inspectorate department is the heart of the HPA in that this is where all the registration, inspections, renewal of all health institutions in the country takes place.
 
The department has a detailed database of all health institutions in the country- private and public.  The Health Professions Act states that all health institutions should be registered.  Section 99 of the Act states that no registrable person shall operate or carry on a health institution; and no practitioner shall practise his profession or calling in or from any health institution unless he/she knows or has reason to believe that the health institution is registered in the register of health institution.   Contravening this subsection is an offence and will attract a fine and or imprisonment of up to a period of two years.
 
The Health Professions Acts defines a health institution as:

  • "Any hospital, clinic, medical laboratory, consulting rooms or other premises or part thereof which is used by a health practitioner for any purpose connected with the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of any illness, injury or disability or abnormal physical or mental state or the symptoms thereof in human beings; or
  • Any premises in or on which a pharmacist practises or carries on business as such; or
  • Any premises in or which any medicine, as defined in the Medicines and Allied Substances Act (chapter 15:03), is manufactured;"

 
The Authority in consultation with the practitioners has come up with the Registration, Inspection and Renewal Manual which outlines the registration process, conditions of registration (i.e. sharing of rooms etc.) and the minimum requirements of the different types of health institutions.  This manual is available at request from the HPA offices.

The inspectorate department is at the core of the business of the Health Professions Authority (HPA) in that this is where the registration, inspection and renewal of all health institutions in the country takes place. The Senior Inspector is the head of the department.

The department has a detailed database of all health institutions in the country- private and public.  The Health Professions Act (Chapter 27:19) states that all health institutions should be registered.  Section 99 of the Act states that no registrable person shall operate or carry on a health institution; and no practitioner shall practise his profession or calling in or from any health institution unless he/she knows or has reason to believe that the health institution is registered in the register of health institution.   Contravening this subsection is an offence and will attract a fine and or imprisonment of up to a period of two years.

The Health Professions Act defines a health institution as:

  1. "Any hospital, clinic, medical laboratory, consulting rooms or other premises or part thereof which is used by a health practitioner for any purpose connected with the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of any illness, injury or disability or abnormal physical or mental state or the symptoms thereof in human beings; or
  2. Any premises in or on which a pharmacist practises or carries on business as such; or
  3. Any premises in or which any medicine, as defined in the Medicines and Allied Substances Act (chapter 15:03), is manufactured;"

The Authority in consultation with the practitioners has come up with the Registration, Inspection and Renewal Manual which outlines the registration process, conditions of registration (i.e. sharing of rooms etc.) and the minimum requirements of the different types of health institutions.  This manual is available at request from the HPA offices.

 
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