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 NEXT ON HEALTH24X Can coconut oil really help you lose weight? 2018-01-18 07:36 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 Diet and nutrition Can coconut oil really help you lose weight? Medical SEE: About 90% of teenagers suffer from this condition Fitness 6 at-home tips for freshening up your runner’s feet Medical Pregnant moms' immune response could trigger birth defects Lifestyle Kegels for men are a thing, and you should absolutely be doing them Diet and nutrition Can apple cider vinegar really help you lose weight? From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Live healthier Terrific Tea! » Rooibos makes cocktails healthier Rooibos: an alternative energy drink More than 10 reasons why rooibos is good for you Today marks the first annual National Rooibos Day, which aims to raise awareness of the health benefits and many uses of rooibos tea. Healthy? Are you sure? » 5 diseases we can get from animals Could your salon visit make you sick? 7 terrifying diseases you could have without knowing it Not all serious illnesses come with tell-tale symptoms. There are diseases that can turn your body into a ticking time-bomb while you're unaware of any danger.