It is mandatory for all practising natural scientists to be registered in terms of the Natural Scientific Professions Act, 2003 (Act No. 27 of 2003) (Sections 18 (1) and 20(2)(a).
Registration provides recognition by a professional body. Registration is indicative of peer recognition by all scientists in a particular field of expertise. Registration also ensures standard practices and conduct amongst scientists as it is regulated by a Code of Conduct.
The registration process is very rigorous and is estimated to take 3-6 months. The first is the receipt and compliance check by the Registration office. Thereafter a compliant application is submitted to the QAC if a foreign qualification is part of the application package. After the QAC, recommendations/applications are submitted to the respective Professional Advisory Committee (specific for each field of practice) to assess an application and make a recommendation to the Registration Committee, who makes the final decision in the registration process.
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