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ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS.

   Section

PART I
INTERPRETATION.

   1.   Interpretation.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT, FUNCTIONS AND COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL AND THE BOARDS.

   2.   Establishment of the council.

   3.   Seal of the council.

   4.   Functions of the council.

   5.   Composition of the council.

   6.   Vacation of office.

   7.   Remuneration of members.

   8.   Meetings of the council.

   9.   Advisory boards.

PART III
MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF THE COUNCIL.

   10.   The secretariat.

   11.   Registrar of the council.

   12.   Functions of the registrar.

   13.   Deputy registrar.

   14.   Other staff.

PART IV
FINANCIAL PROVISIONS.

   15.   Funds of the council.

   16.   Financial year.

   17.   Estimates.

   18.   Accounts and audit.

PART V
REGISTRATION OF ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS.

   19.   Recognition of training institutions.

   20.   [Repealed].

   21.   Eligibility for registration.

   22.   Eligibility where qualifications not recognised.

   23.   Application for registration.

   24.   Register of allied health professionals.

   25.   Certificate of registration.

   26.   Registration not a right to practise medicine.

   27.   Removal from the register.

   28.   Restoration of name after removal.

PART VI
LICENSING AND REGISTRATION FOR PRIVATE PRACTICE.

   29.   Professionals to engage in private practice.

   30.   Private practice without a licence prohibited.

   31.   Licensing of private practice.

   32.   Registration of allied health units.

   33.   Allied health units to be published in the Gazette.

   34.   Operation of private health units.

   35.   Inspection of health units.

   36.   Annual report by a licensed person.

PART VII
DISCIPLINARY PROVISIONS.

   37.   Disciplinary committee.

   38.   Inquiry by the disciplinary committee.

   39.   Power to summon witnesses.

   40.   Offences by witnesses.

   41.   Disciplinary powers of the committee.

   42.   Proceedings to be recorded.

   43.   Notification of decision to person concerned.

   44.   Appeal from decision of the council.

PART VIII
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.

   45.   Committees of the council.

   46.   Change of practising venue.

   47.   Additional qualifications.

   48.   Supervisory authority.

   49.   Notifications of the death of a professional.

   50.   Publication prima facie evidence.

   51.   Charges.

   52.   Regulations.

   53.   Procuring registration by fraud.

   54.   Registered professional to undergo minimum continuing education.

   55.   Unregistered person passing off as registered.

   56.   Offences and penalties.

      Schedule   Seal and meetings of the council and meetings of advisory boards.

CHAPTER 268
ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ACT.

Commencement: 17 May, 1996.

   An Act to provide for the regulation, supervision and control of the allied health professionals, and to provide for the establishment of a council to register and license the allied health professionals and for other connected matters.

PART I
INTERPRETATION.

1.   Interpretation.

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   (a)   "certificate" means a certificate issued under section 25;

   (b)   "chairperson" means the chairperson of the council appointed under section 5;

   (c)   "council" means the Allied Health Professionals Council established under section 2;

   (d)   "Gazette" means The Uganda Gazette and includes the Gazette Extraordinary;

   (e)   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for health;

   (f)   "professional" means a person registered under section 24 as an allied health professional;

   (g)   "register" means the register kept under section 24;

   (h)   "registrar" means the registrar of the council appointed under section 11;

   (i)   "supervisory authority" means a person appointed under section 48;

   (j)   "unit" means the allied health unit registered under section 32.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT, FUNCTIONS AND COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL AND THE BOARDS.

2.   Establishment of the council.

   There is established a council to be known as the Allied Health Professionals Council which shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue or be sued in its corporate name and, subject to this Act, may do or suffer all other things and acts as bodies corporate do or suffer.

3.   Seal of the council.

   The seal of the council shall be such device as the council may determine and shall be authenticated in the manner provided under the Schedule to this Act.

4.   Functions of the council.

   The functions of the council shall be—

   (a)   to regulate the standards of allied health professionals in the country;

   (b)   to regulate the conduct of allied health professionals and to exercise disciplinary control over them;

   (c)–(e)   ...

   (f)   to supervise the registration of allied health professionals and the publication of the names of registered allied health professionals in the Gazette;

   (g)   to advise and make recommendations to the Government on matters relating to the allied health professions;

   (h)   to exercise general supervision and control over the allied health professions and to perform any other function relating to those professions or incidental to their practice; and

   (i)   to perform any other functions conferred upon it under this Act or referred to it from time to time.

5.   Composition of the council.

   (1) The council shall consist of—

   (a)   a chairperson who shall be a senior allied health professional appointed by the Minister;

   (b)   a representative of the director general of the health services;

   (c)   the assistant commissioner of health services responsible for allied health professionals;

   (d)   one person representing each of the following professions—

      (i)   dentistry;

      (ii)   pharmacy;

      (iii)   clinical medicine;

      (iv)   medical laboratory technology;

      (v)   orthopaedic technology;

      (vi)   physiotherapy;

      (vii)   public health;

      (viii)   radiography;

   (e)   a representative of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council;

   (f)   a representative of the Nurses and Midwives Council;

   (g)   one representative of all faculties of medicine of all universities established in Uganda by law; and

   (i)   a representative of the National Drug Authority.

   (2) The members of the council referred to in subsection (1) shall be appointed by the Minister in consultation with the professions or bodies they represent.

   (3) The council shall make rules of procedure for the election of members representing the various disciplines of allied health professionals, and the Minister shall prescribe the procedure for the election of the initial members.

   (4) No person shall be appointed or elected a member of the council if that person—

   (a)   has been declared bankrupt or has entered into any composition with his or her creditors;

   (b)   has been convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude;

   (c)   is unable in the opinion of the Medical Board, by reason of infirmity of mind or body, to perform the duties of a member;

   (d)   has been disqualified under this Act, the Nurses and Midwives Act or the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act from practising or carrying on the profession or calling.

   (5) A member of the council, including the chairperson, shall hold office for a term of three years from the date of appointment and shall be eligible for re-appointment.

6.   Vacation of office.

   (1) A member of the council shall vacate office if that member—

   (a)   becomes subject to any of the disqualifications under section 5(4);

   (b)   by writing under the member's hand addressed to the Minister, resigns the membership of the council.

   (2) If any member of the council dies, resigns, is removed from office or for any other reason ceases to hold office before the expiration of the term for which he or she was appointed, the Minister may appoint another person to take the place of that member in accordance with section 5(2), and the person so appointed shall hold office until the expiration of the term of office of the member in whose place he or she was appointed.

7.   Remuneration of members.

   A member of the council or any other person attending a meeting of the council may be paid a remuneration or allowance that the council may, in consultation with the Minister, determine.

8.   Meetings of the council.

   (1) The Schedule to this Act shall have effect in relation to the meetings of the council and other related matters specified in that Schedule.

   (2) The Minister may, in consultation with the council, by statutory instrument amend the Schedule to this Act.

9.   Advisory boards.

   (1) For purposes of advising the council on policy and other matters relating to the functions of the council, there shall be a board in respect of each of the allied professions as follows—

   (a)   a dentistry board, to cater for public health dental officers and dental technologists;

   (b)   a medical clinical officers board, to cater for medical clinical officers, anaesthetic clinical officers, opthalmic clinical officers and psychiatric clinical officers;

   (c)   a medical laboratory technology board, to cater for laboratory technologists and laboratory technicians;

   (d)   a pharmacy board, to cater for dispensers;

   (e

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