South African Nursing Council

The SANC is the Ethics governing body which oversees the Nursng profession in South Africa. The Council ensures good practice, legal educational bodies and the standardisation of nursing practices throughout the country. To practice in South Africa you need to be registered with the SANC to be able to practice.

Contact details for the SANC:

South African Nursing Council

Private Bag X132



Republic of South Africa

Phone contact details: 

    National: 012 420-1000

    International: +27 12 420-1000


    National: 012 343-5400

    International: +27 12 343-5400


To eRegister with the South African Nursing Council click here


Nursing Legislation and Regulations


Please be aware that regulations are updated and might changed, it is imperative that you check hte updated versions on the SANC website


SANC regulations



What is the Government Gazette

The Government Gazette is the official document with legallly enforcable policies where the Minister of Health publishes Nursing regulations as proposed by the SANC (South African Nursing Council).

Regular updates are published in the Gazette, and these may not be sold or published for financial gain. They are for the nurse's personal use. 



The SANC has a responsibility to protect the Public, and the Learner. 

The Public is protected by having high quality trained nursing staff, who are answerable to a high set of ethical and training standards. These nurses are reuired to be compassionate, ethical and correctly trained. 

The Learner is protected through the regulations which requre correct entry requirements, as well as training requirements such as specific hours that are necessary for qualification. These include training hours (theory), Practical hours where the nusre is trained with a doll or in a clinical environment, as well as hours worked in specific areas of work. 

Any compaints or enquiries can be directed to the SANC.

Telephone number


Before learners are accepted to study as a nursnig institution need to ensure that they are legal and accepted by the SANC. 

I want to study Nursing/ I want to become a nurse:


The Nursing Council has a list of regsitered Nursing Education Institutions. Training with intention to qulify nurses without registration and permission form the COunsiil is illegal (The Nursing Act, 2005 - Section 42 of the Act). 

There are minimum entry requirements for all nursing students





Nursing Info South Africa

SANC eRegister

SANC fees

Nursing education RSA


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