Unpacking the new proposed regulations for South African traditional health practitioners

Renee Anne Street


South Africa (SA) has legislation that regulates almost all of its healthcare systems. The Traditional Health Practitoners Act finally provides legitimisation of an overwhelmingly popular indigenous healthcare system. However, as a consequence of the legal acknowledgement of traditional health practitioners, traditional medicine products must now also be brought under regulatory measures. If traditional medicines are to be prescribed, marketed and sold as part of a healthcare system recognised under SA law, they must meet the same stringent standards.

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Renee Anne Street, Environment and Health Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, Durban, South Africa; Discipline of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Nursing and Public Health, Durban, South Africa

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Traditional healers; Regulation; Standards; Traditional Health Practitioners Act; South Africa;

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South African Medical Journal 2016;106(4):325-326. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i4.10623

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Date submitted: 2016-02-02
Date published: 2016-03-17

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