Home > News > Public Health Updated 09 October 2013 Emergency care certificates fraudulent The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) urges students to study only at accredited training institutions after emergency care certificates were issued by an unaccredited institution. 0 iStock Related HPCSA condemns exploitation of RWOPS Short paramedic courses under fire Health body bars GP The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is again urging prospective students to only study at accredited training institutions. This comes after the Council discovered fraudulent emergency care certificates were issued by an unaccredited institution. The Professional Board for Emergency Care recently conducted an impromptu inspection at AMA Training Centre in Limpopo after it came to their attention that a member of the public was issued with a fraudulent Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA) certificate.This institution is not accredited with the HPCSA to provide emergency care training and the Board acted immediately to mitigate any possible resulting risk from unqualified and unregistered persons treating the patients. “When any fraudulent activity comes to our attention, we act swiftly as our primary concern is ensuring that only qualified and registered practitioners treat the public. Patients are most vulnerable in an emergency situation and registration with the appropriate regulatory body, provide the public with the reassurance that the person treating them is qualified, experienced and trained,” Raveen Naidoo, chairperson of the Professional Board for Emergency Care said. The Regulator has put a number of verification systems in place to ensure a satisfactory level of quality assurance during registration, including a double verification process. The Board furthermore issued a stern warning to the public and practitioners who are involved in the issuing of falsified qualifications and who are colluding to register unqualified people, saying the Council consider these criminal actions in a very serious light and will not hesitate to report them to the SAPS. Press release More in News Friday as safe as any other day for surgery More: NewsPublic Health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Sex US STIs hit all-time high in 2015 Medical Human right-handedness might go back almost 2 million years Mental health Troubled childhood may boost bipolar risk Diet and nutrition Our genes may soon advise our food and lifestyle choices Lifestyle Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Medical Don't believe these asthma myths From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.