Vision, mission and mandate

Vision

To be the leading Council for the recruitment, registration and regulation of the Natural Scientific Professions in South Africa.

Mission

To provide an efficient statutory Council for the recruitment, registration and regulation of Natural Scientific Professionals to ensure high quality services for social benefit and economic growth.

Values

SACNASP will be guided by the values of independence, non-discrimination, diversity, inclusiveness, honesty, integrity, respect, non-partisanship, innovation, diligence, responsiveness and collaboration. Driven by these values SACNASP will constructively contribute to the formation of a robust and productive science knowledge economy.

Legislative mandate

The Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) was established as a juristic person in 1982 by an Act of Parliament, the Natural Scientists Act, 1982 [Act 55 of 1982], which has subsequently evolved into the directives of the Natural Scientific Professions Act, 2003 [Act 27 of 2003] as amended. The Council is therefore mandated as the Accounting Authority to implement the provisions of the Act, under the oversight of its Executive Authority, the Minister of Science and Technology.

In terms of the Act it is a statutory requirement:

  • That persons practicing in any of the fields of practice listed in Schedule I of the Act, must be registered with SACNASP in any of the prescribed categories [Section 18]
  • That only a registered person may practise in a Consulting capacity [Section 20]
  • That the Council must determine the requirements with which a voluntary association must comply with to qualify for recognition [Section 26].
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