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2001-10-12

To all Nursing Education Institutions, Non-Training Institutions and Stakeholders

South African Nursing Council Accreditation as an Education and Training Quality Assurance Body

The South African Nursing Council a statutory body constituted in accordance with and governed by the Nursing Act No. 50 of 1978 (as amended) is charged with the responsibility for the regulating of nursing education, training and practice.

The South African Nursing Council has since 20 November 2000 been accredited as an Education and Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA) in terms of 5(1)(a)(ii) of the South African Qualifications Authority Act No. 58 of 1995.  As an ETQA the South African Nursing Council is responsible for monitoring and auditing achievements in terms of the national standards or qualifications in nursing.

The accreditation of the South African Nursing Council as an ETQA compliments the Councils existing statutory obligation and does not replace its existing role and function.

The reason the South African Nursing Council has applied for accreditation, as an ETQA, is to bring nursing education in line with the National Qualifications Framework.  The functions of an ETQA are functions that the South African Nursing Council has always been responsible for.  The functions highlighted in bold/blue are additional functions that the South African Nursing Council will execute as an ETQA:

bulletAccredit providers of nursing programmes;
bulletPromote quality amongst constituent providers;
bulletMonitoring of nursing programmes;
bulletEvaluating assessment and facilitating moderation amongst constituent providers;
bulletRegistering assessors;
bulletThe certification of learners;
bulletCo-operating with relevant moderating bodies;
bulletRecommending new standards or qualifications to National Standards Bodies or modifications to existing standards and qualifications;
bulletMaintaining a database;
bulletSubmitting reports to SAQA

The South African Nursing Council will keep you informed of any new procedures or requirements that will be put in place to meet the above obligation.

Your co-operation and assistance in this regard will be appreciated.

 

Signed
Hasina Subedar
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

 


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