CHAPTER 48
HEALTH LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS REGISTRATION ACT

[PRINCIPAL LEGISLATION]

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   Section

Title

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF THE HEALTH LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS COUNCIL

   3.   Establishment of Council.

   4.   Functions and powers of Council.

   5.   Registrar.

   6.   Inquiry.

   7.   Remuneration of the members of the Council.

   8.   Register.

PART III
REGISTRATION, ISSUANCE AND CANCELLATION OF CERTIFICATES

   9.   Conditions for registration.

   10.   Temporary registration.

   11.   Provisional registration.

   12.   Form of certificate.

   13.   Appeal on suspension or removal of name from register.

   14.   Committee.

   15.   Surrender of certificate.

   16.   Registration not to confer rights of qualified medical practitioner or dentist.

   17.   Licensed health laboratory technologists.

   18.   Application for retention of name in the register.

PART IV
ADMINISTRATION AND SOURCE OF FUNDS OF THE COUNCIL

   19.   Seal, authorisations, directions.

   20.   Source of funds of Council.

   21.   Fees.

PART V
GENERAL PROVISIONS

   22.   Regulations.

   23.   Penalty for unregistered practice.

   24.   False registration.

   25.   Notification by Council.

SCHEDULES

CHAPTER 48
THE HEALTH LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS REGISTRATION ACT

An Act to provide for the registration of health laboratory technologists and to provide for related matters.

[1st December, 1997]
[G.N. No. 765 of 1997]

Act No.
11 of 1997
766 of 1997
G.Ns. Nos.
165 of 1998
167 of 1998
237 of 1998

PART I
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-2)

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Health Laboratory Technologists Registration Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context requires otherwise–

   "certificate" means a certificate of registration issued by the Council under section 9;

   "committee" means a committee constituted in accordance with section 14 of this Act;

   "Council" means the Health Laboratory Technologists Council established under section 3 of this Act;

   "health laboratory technologist" means a person who is for the time being qualified to practise the health laboratory profession and who holds a certificate issued in accordance with this Act;

   "institution" means any recognised training centre for health laboratory technologists leading to the award of a diploma to carry out laboratory investigations in clinical chemistry, haematology and blood transfusion, histopathology, and cytology, microbiology and immunology, parasitology and medical entomology; and any other laboratory medical speciality recognised by the council;

   "member" means a person appointed to be a Member of the Council;

   "quality assessment" means the challenge of the efficiency of the quality control procedures by specimens of known content but undisclosed to the participating laboratory;

   "quality control" means the procedures which are carried out in the laboratory in order to guarantee the quality of results;

   "register" means the register of technologists kept by the council under this Act;

   "Registrar" means the Registrar of the Council appointed under section 5 and includes any person duly acting as, or on behalf of, the Registrar;

   "supervisory authority" means any person appointed by the Council to be a supervisory authority over any registered health laboratory technologist whenever practising.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF THE HEALTH LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS COUNCIL
(ss 3-8)

3.   Establishment of council

   (1) There is hereby established a Council to be known as the Health Laboratory Technologists Council.

   (2) The First Schedule to this Act shall have effect as to the constitution and proceedings of the Council and other matters relating to the Council.

   (3)   The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, appoint members according to the provisions of the First Schedule.

   (4)   The Minister may by order published in the Gazette, amend, vary or alter the First Schedule.

4.   Functions and powers of Council

   (1) The Council shall be the registering authority of all persons required to be registered under this Act and in particular shall–

   (a)   keep and maintain the register of all health laboratory technologists;

   (b)   issue to each registered health laboratory technologist a certificate of registration in the form of an extract from the appropriate register and which shall bear the seal of the Council;

   (c)   publish annually in the Government Gazette as early in the year as possible and on such other occasions as it may deem fit the names and particulars of health laboratory technologists contained in the register;

   (d)   publish annually in the Gazette as early in the year as possible and on other occasions as it may deem fit the names and particulars of supervisory authorities;

   (e)   regulate the standards of conduct and activities of health laboratory technologists;

   (f)   regulate standards and practice of the health laboratory profession;

   (g)   cancel certificates and amend any particulars thereon and to replace any certificate proved to have been lost or destroyed;

   (h)   advise the Government on matters concerning performance of health laboratories and health laboratory technologist:

   (i)   order the removal from the register of the name of any health laboratory technologists–

      (i)   who has died.

      (ii)   who has been absent from the United Republic for a period of more than two years:

         Provided that any person who has previously been registered in the United Republic and who has already paid the prescribed registration fee shall be eligible for registration without payment of a further registration fee upon his return to the United Republic;

   (j)   caution, order the suspension or termination from the practice or order for the removal from the register of the name of any registered health laboratory technologist for malpractice, negligence or misconduct or for disobeying any regulation made under this Act or to restore to the register any name removed pursuant to paragraph (i);

   (k)   prescribe the duties of the Registrar of the Council;

   (l)   do any other act or perform any other duty necessary for carrying out of the functions under this Act or as may be conferred upon the council by any written law.

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