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 5 tips on managing urinary incontinence during sex 2019-01-22 22:30 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 Medical 5 tips on managing urinary incontinence during sex Medical Don't remember sending that text? You might be sleep texting News Animal, bug bites a billion-dollar burden in the US Medical Botox may help prevent post-op atrial fibrillation Lifestyle Life in space may take toll on spinal muscles Medical Type 2 diabetes before 40 tied to mental illness hospitalisations Live healthier Vaping dangers » Why vaping may do your heart no favours US moves to restrict flavoured e-cig sales, ban menthol cigarettes Under pressure, top US e-cig maker pulls most flavoured products from market Friends' vaping could pose danger to kids with asthma In a study, school children with asthma were found to be more likely to suffer an asthma attack after exposure to vapour from someone else's e-cigarette. Protect your skin » Just a little weightlifting can help your heart How to handle incontinence at the gym 10 ways to keep your skin glowing with good health in 2019 Avoid germs at the gym to protect your skin The bacteria, viruses and fungi that cause skin infections love warm, moist places like sweaty exercise equipment and locker room showers.