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Welcome to the South African Nursing Council website.  This site concentrates on all matters relating to the regulating of the nursing and midwifery professions in South Africa.  The information is intended to appeal to a wide audience - from the serious researcher to those who are considering a career in nursing.

Nursing education institutions will find information relating to the standards and other requirements for providing nursing and midwifery education and training - including all the applicable regulations and circulars ("news" items) of the Nursing Council.

Practising nurses will find the site most useful. You will be able to find the latest and most up-to-date information about your profession here - including the latest applicable practice standards.

International visitors are welcome - particularly those who are doing international nursing research, those who are considering coming to further their education, and also those wishing to work as nurses/midwives in South Africa.

Latest News from S A Nursing Council:

Africa Health Congress and Exhibition

14 April 2014

The Africa Health Congress and Exhibition will take place from 29-31 May 2014 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.  SANC will be participating in this event.  See the Events page for more information.

Alternatively, you can click on the congress logo in the right margin to go to the congress website.

SANC offices will be closing early for the Easter holidays

11 April 2014

SANC offices will be closing at 13:00 on Thursday 17 April 2014 in preparation for the Easter holidays.  See circular for full details.

Registration Certificates returned to SANC by the Post Office

8 April 2014

If you have not yet received your certificate, please check the list of certificates returned to SANC by the Post Office.  Click here for details.

Non payment of annual fees by certain practitioners

4 April 2014

Practitioners who do not pay their annual fees when due (despite the fact that they are practising in terms of the Nursing Act) and their employers who allow them to practise while not on the register are warned that are contravening the Nursing Act.  Both may be liable to criminal prosecution.  For additional information, see the circular dustributed by Council.

SANC Publishes Second SANC Spotlight

28 March 2014

The nursing Council has published the second issue of its newsletter called SANC Spotlight.  It is hoped that this publication will assist in keeping nurses and midwives informed about what is happening at the Nursing Council and in the regulation and standard setting of their professions.

    Click here to download a copy of SANC Spotlight Vol. 1 - Issue 2

Department of Health Publishes the National Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice

23 September 2013

The Department of Health has published the National Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice 2012/13 - 2016/17 on its website.

The development of the strategic plan has its roots firmly in the Nursing Summit which took place in 2011 and the Nursing Compact that was drawn up as a direct consequence of the Summit.

This link is published on the Nursing Council website in an effort to distribute this important information as widely as possible and particularly amongst the nursing profession and others involved in the health care sector.  Please download a copy of the strategy document and share it with your friends and colleagues.  To do so, click on the picture on the left or on the following link:

Pdf icon    The National Strategic Plan for Nurse Education, Training and Practice 2012/13 - 2016/17


Alternatively, you can download a copy of the strategy document directly from the Department of Health website by clicking on the following link:

DoH Nursing Strategy document

South African Nursing Council Publishes Code of Ethics for Nursing in South Africa

3 September 2013

The South African Nursing Council has published a Code of Ethics for Nursing in South Africa.

This document is sure to be a valuable resource for every nurse or midwife throughout South Africa.  You are welcome to download a copy for your own use.

Implementation of the New Nursing Education Qualifications - July 2015

13 August 2013

The Nursing Council has published further information on the implementation of the new nursing education qualifications.  This information includes circulars on:


Curriculum Framework for entry levels of nursing


Revised Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy Guidelines; and


Policy on Accreditation Appeals Process

Click here for further information

SANC Publishes Newsletter - SANC Spotlight

18 July 2013

The Nursing Council has published the first volume of a new newsletter called SANC Spotlight.  It is hoped that this publication will assist in keeping nurses and midwives informed about developments in the regulation and standard setting of their professions.

    Click here to download a copy of SANC Spotlight Vol. 1

Nursing Council warns public to beware of unaccredited nursing programmes

3 April 2013

South African Nursing Council has once again issued a press release warning the public to beware of illegal "nursing training" that is not accredited by the Council or that is being conducted by institutions that have not been accredited by the Council.

Click here to see a copy of the press release.

What you will find on the Council website

The following is a brief outline of what you will find on this website.

About SANC tells you all about the Nursing Council - the vision, mission and objectives of the Council, the members that make up the Council, the various committees of Council and the members that serve on each, etc.

Complaints deals with the process of investigating matters which have been reported to the Nursing Council and which may constitute "unprofessional conduct".  You can find out how to lodge a complaint (if you have one) and the process which will follow the receipt of your complaint.  If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having a complaint against you, this information will help you to understand the whole process - including your own rights.

Education and Training contains documents related to the education and training of nursing and midwifery students.

Education Institutions contains a full list of all the nursing education institutions accredited by the South African Nursing Council and their contact details (arranged by province).  If you are a prospective student, this will enable you to find an institution near where you live OR in a place where you would like to study.

eRegister is a link to the Nursing Council electronic register of nurses and midwives - where you can confirm the status and qualifications of registered practitioners.

Examinations deals with those examinations which are conducted by the Nursing Council.  Here you will find the schedule of examinations to be held as well as examination results (a new feature from 2014).  If you are a  candidate who is planning to write or who has written a Council examination, you will definitely be interested in this information.

News is where you will find all the latest decisions of the Nursing Council , new policies, proposed policies and discussion documents on which the Council would like your comments. You should visit these pages if you want to keep informed and to be involved in shaping the future of Nursing and Midwifery in South Africa.

Policies contains some of the Nursing Council policies and position papers that are published for general information.

Presentations contains Nursing Council presentations delivered at various events.  Delegates may find this useful material to supplement the knowlege gained during the event.

Publications contains the full texts of official publications which are available from the Nursing Council.  These include the Nursing Act, regulations, teaching guides and teaching policies of the Council. Although you are welcome to print and use copies of these documents, it is recommended that you refer to them on-line as you will then be sure to obtain the very latest information.

Services gives details of the services provided by the Nursing Council and how much each costs.  You can also download various official forms from these pages - this will ensure that you always use the current version of the form.  This is also the correct place for you to find out about the various options available for paying annual fees.

Statistics is for the inquisitive and the researcher.  Ever wanted to know how many nurses qualify each year?  This is where you will find all the information you need.

Supply Chain is where suppliers or prospective suppliers can download the form used to apply for registration as a supplier on the Supplier Database.  You can also find out about current bids/tenders and download necessary forms and information.

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Annual Fees 2014
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Nursing Qualifications
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Dates of Council Meetings 2014
Nursing Strategy for SA 2012-17

Africa Health Congress
29 - 31 May 2014
Gallagher Convention Centre,
Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa



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