Podiatry Association of South Africa (PASA)

Code of Conduct for members.

This Code of Conduct expresses PASA commitment to consolidate the institutional image of the Association as an example of integrity, accountability, and professional ethical standards.

The generally accepted principles of ethical professional conduct, including the specific examples set out in this document.

Any act or omission by a PASA member that constitutes a breach of this Code of Conduct, brought to the attention of a particular Branch or the PASA executive, will be considered a cause for disciplinary action. Disciplinary measures will also be instituted following any conduct by a PASA member, individually or in concert with others, that could bring the Association into disrepute or is perceived to do so. Dishonest or fraudulent acts, including those that result in a criminal conviction, are also considered a breach of this Code of Conduct.

False and/or misleading statements made to or about the Association, the PASA Executive, its branches or any other of its structures, in the media or otherwise.

Unprofessional communication in written, oral or electronic format issued by a Member in respect of the Association and/or its members, without appropriate business communication steps being taken to ensure that the communication is appropriate to the circumstances and its intended audience and sufficiently courteous.

PASA Members will always and in whatever capacity such Members may act:

maintain the honour and dignity of PASA;

treat others with courtesy and fairness;

conduct their personal and public lives with care and diligence;

refrain from using, directly or indirectly, PASA or anybody controlled or appointed by PASA, to advance their own political, religious beliefs, social or economic needs at the expense of PASA;

refrain from committing any act that may conflict with the goals of PASA or may prejudice the interests and good name of PASA or other Members of PSA;

diligently and with due care carry out any obligations such Member may have towards PASA;

enhance the standing and good name of the Podiatry profession;

commit to the highest possible standards of professional conduct and competency;

exercise integrity, honesty, diligence and appropriate behaviour in all professional and personal activities;

act within the law;

Maintain sufficient in date Professional Indemnity Insurance;

– Maintain HPCSA registration;

– Familiarise codes of ethics and conduct as per HPCSA Booklets 1 thru 17.

As Podiatry practitioners PASA members are committed to doing what is right and honourable. PASA members set high standards form themselves and aspire to meet those standards in all aspects of their lives – at home and in service to their profession. This Code articulates the behaviour that is mandatory in the role of PASA members who believe that the medical profession is shaped by the collective conduct of individual Podiatry practitioners.

 Disciplinary Procedure

An Executive Disciplinary Committee (EDC) appointed by the President, will be responsible for ensuring that Members abide by the Code of Conduct.

The EDC, which will be appointed for a particular case only, will comprise of 3 (three) Executive PASA Members appointed by the President.

The EDC will have, apart from any other powers the Executive may determine by ordinary resolution, the following powers:

– To investigate any alleged or suspected breach of the code of conduct by a Member or any other conduct warranting the appointment of a EDC;

to call upon any Member who is suspected of having breached the code of conduct and for witnesses, where applicable, to furnish the EDC with such information as it may deem necessary to properly consider the alleged breach;

to hand down a verdict as to whether the breach of the said code of conduct was committed by the Member concerned or not;

to order the suspension of the Member in question for such period as it may, in its sole discretion, deem fit, once it has determined that the Member has breached the code of conduct and that his/her conduct warrants suspension;

to recommend to the Executive to order, over and above the suspension imposed by the EDC, the expulsion of the Member once it has determined that the Member has breached the code of conduct and that such breach warrants expulsion.

All the proceedings of the EDC will be conducted in a summary manner; on the basis that it will not be necessary to observe or carry out the strict rules of evidence applied in legal proceedings. The procedure to be followed will be set out by the EDC, provided that such procedure is based on accepted principles of fairness and equity.

The EDC will be entitled to consult any person it may deem necessary to reach a just and equitable conclusion and the Member concerned will have no right to be present during such consultations or to be made aware thereof; provided that the Member will be given an opportunity to rebut any evidence against him/her compiled in such consultation.

The EDC will not be bound to follow strict principles of law but may decide on the matter according to what it considers just and equitable in the circumstances.

Save for the appeal provisions hereunder, the EDC’s decision on matters dealt with in this clause will be final and binding upon the Member concerned, unless full expulsion is recommended, in which case the EDC’s decision must be either ratified or set aside by the executive.

The EDC will, from the date of its appointment, complete its investigations and deliver its verdict within a period of 4 (four) ordinary weeks.

The Member whose conduct was investigated by the EDC, will be informed by the Executive Committee of the EDC’s decision and reasons thereof within 7 (seven) ordinary days of such decision taken.

In the event that the EDC decides to recommend to the Board to order an expulsion of the Member, over and above any suspension that may already be in place as ordered by the Executive committee, the EDC will send such recommendation to the executive, addressed to the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson, within 7 (seven) ordinary days of being informed of the EDC’s decision.

The PASA Executive will confirm or set aside the recommendation of expulsion so received within 14 (fourteen) ordinary days from receipt thereof and will inform the Member concerned of its decision within 7 (seven) ordinary days of having reached it, in writing, stating its reasons for its decision. The Board’s decision will be final and binding.

Appeal Procedure:  PASA Executive Disciplinary Committee  

A Member may appeal to the EDC with regards to his suspension and/or any matter concerning his/her Membership as a result of disciplinary action taken against him by his/her by the EDC.

Such an appeal must be lodged, in writing, to the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson of the Association, by no later than 7 (seven) ordinary days after the Member was informed in writing by the EDC’s decision, stating the Member’s reasons for his/her appeal.

The EDC will have 14 (fourteen) ordinary days from the date of receipt of the written appeal by the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson to consider the appeal and apply its mind to the decision reached by the EDC in relation to the written appeal and must inform the Member of its final decision within 7 (seven) ordinary days after having reached the decision, in writing, stating the reasons, therefore, The Executive decision will be final and binding.

Grievance Procedure: Chairperson and/or Vice-Chairperson 

The Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson will within 30 (thirty) ordinary days of receiving the grievance notice, either resolve the grievance, or appoint a Grievance Committee, or refer the grievance to the PASA Executive. If the person being complained against is the Chairperson, the Grievance Notice must be sent to the Vice-Chairperson and vice versa. In the event of both the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson being the subject of the same/similar complaint, the Grievance Notice must be forwarded to the PASA Executive Secretary, who must ensure that it is forwarded to the rest of the Executive committee without delay.

If the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson resolves the grievance, they must inform the aggrieved Member within 7 (seven) ordinary days after it has been resolved of the outcome in writing.

If the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson appoints a Grievance Committee, the Committee must within 30 (thirty) ordinary days resolve the grievance and inform the aggrieved Member of the outcome in writing, within 7 (seven) ordinary days of its decision.

If the grievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the aggrieved Member, the Member may in writing, stating the reasons therefore, within 14 (fourteen) ordinary days of being informed in writing, refer the grievance to the next meeting of the National Executive committee. At such a meeting, if any Member/s is/are conflicted or implicated on the issue, such a Member must recuse him/herself.

A decision following the National Executive Council will be final and binding, and minute with the reasons, therefore.

PASA Commitment 

As Podiatry practitioners PASA members are committed to doing what is right and honourable. PASA members set high standards form themselves and aspire to meet those standards in all aspects of their lives – at home and in service to their profession. This Code articulates the behaviour that is mandatory in the role of PASA members who believe that the medical profession is shaped by the collective conduct of individual Podiatry practitioners.