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 Good Sex? Bad Sex? Rad Sex? 2018-07-20 11:16 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 News Good Sex? Bad Sex? Rad Sex? Lifestyle Where snakebites are deadliest Lifestyle Yet another reason why it's hard to stop smoking News Making the most of that fast food meal Medical Why am I getting hot flushes? Mental health Here’s why dagga can be dangerous if you have a mental disorder From our sponsors Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract ACC 200 works fast to break down mucus Live healthier Contraceptives and you » Scientists create new contraceptive from seaweed Poor long-term birth control training leads to 'accidents' 7 birth control myths you should stop believing Will the Pill make you gain weight? Can you fall pregnant while breastfeeding? We bust seven common myths about birth control. Your digestive health » Causes of digestive disorders 9 habits that could hurt your digestive system Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder With the assistance of an 'acoustic belt', doctors can now determine the cause of your tummy troubles.