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South African Nursing Council is the body entrusted to set and maintain standards of nursing education and practice in the Republic of South Africa.  It is an autonomous, financially independent, statutory body, initially established by the Nursing Act, 1944 (Act No. 45 of 1944), and currently operating under the Nursing Act, 2005 (Act No. 33 of 2005).

What do they do?

SANC is established in terms of various sections of the Nursing Act of 2005 to establish, improve and control conditions, standards and quality of nursing education and training.

It is the responsibility of SANC to make provision for the accreditation and inspection of nursing education institutions, the monitoring of assessments conducted by accredited institutions, the conducting of nursing examinations, and the granting of diplomas and certificates.

Under the act, SANC is also responsible for the making of regulations relating to qualifications and the conditions to be complied with, which entitle a person to be registered as a nursing practitioner (education and training regulations).

SANC plays an integral role in the monitoring of nursing standards in South Africa by:

  • Registering nurse practitioners, therefore permitting them to practise as nurses;
  • Accreditation of new nursing education institutions and nursing education programmes;
  • Inspection of nursing education institutions and clinical facilities;
  • Constantly reviewing nursing education and training to be in line with the needs of the Republic of South Africa; and
  • Providing counselling and guidance to the nursing profession regarding the implementation of the nursing education and training policies.


The mission of the SANC is to serve and protect healthcare users in South Africa by regulating nursing and midwifery professions, guided by the values of:

  • Advocacy
  • Caring
  • Quality
  • Professionalism
  • Innovation and;
  • Relevance

The Council is responsible for setting and maintaining the standards of nursing and midwifery practice in South Africa.  The Council will investigate any complaint of conduct that violates the high standards of care to which a patient is entitled.

You have the right to lodge a confidential complaint with the Council about the alleged misconduct of a nursing or midwifery professional or student.  The rules and ethical principles on which professional conduct enquiries are based can be found on the Council website.

The SANC endeavours to uphold and set the precedent of universally acceptable education and practice standards for all nursing professions in South Africa.

At Immploy, we strive to ensure that all our medical professionals and locums adhere to the mandates of their respective councils, to provide quality healthcare in improving the quality of life, for all South Africans.

If you are a qualified locum and would like to apply for one of our locum positions, visit our job portal at jobs.immploy.com

For more information about the SANC, visit http://www.sanc.co.za.