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Volume 32 | Number 2 | December 2018
ISSN (online): 1011 5528
Editor: Warren Maule


The Pathology Industry, Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and associated professional societies highlighted the need for highly skilled and suitably qualified medical laboratory scientists and therefore a need for a change in the ND: Biomedical Technology qualification to a Professional Degree.

This was to be accompanied by a name change of the profession from Medical Technologist to Medical Laboratory Scientist. Thus, in 2010, the BHSc: Medical Laboratory Science qualification was approved by the HPCSA, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the Higher Education Quality Committee. This qualification has been structured to meet that need through the development of higher level competencies associated with this professional degree at NQF level 8 and resulted in a number of disciplines (fields of specialisation).

The current HPCSA areas of specialisation are as follows: Medical Microbiology, Virology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, Clinical Pathology, Immunohaematology, (Blood Transfusion), Cytology, Histopathology, Cytogenetics, Immunology, Pharmacology and Forensic Sciences (Government Gazette No. 38991, 15 July 2015). However, there still remain important areas of development, particularly in the field of Molecular Genetics as identified by the South African National Department of Health, Subdirectorate: Human Genetics.

Research in Molecular genetics has made exciting discoveries in the nascent field of genomic health care, such as the genetic influence on predisposition to disease, with an understanding of the health needs of people based on their individual genetic makeup, as well as the genetic basis of response to treatment, allowing the design of new and highly effective therapies. Consequently, highly effective diagnostic tools have also been developed and these have been integrated in the Diagnostic Laboratory Services worldwide including South Africa.

In response to these developments: The Department of Biomedical Sciences, at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the first University of Technology to offer the BHSc: Medical Laboratory Science qualification has applied to the HPCSA to add a Molecular Pathology Specialisation to the current existing fields of specialisation.

TE Matsha
HOD, Department of Biomedical Sciences, CPUT


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Editor-in-chief: Warren Maule
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Assistant editor-in-chief: Prof Glenda Davison
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Editorial Board: Prof Tandi Marsha (CPUT HOD)
Prof Kathy Meehan (Abu Dabi)
Prof Angelo Nicolaides (UNISA)
Prof J I Phillips (NIOH and UJ)


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