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Who We Are & What We Do

The Health Professions Council monitors the quality of healthcare professions throughout The Bahamas and oversees the delivery of healthcare in the country. The emergence of new health professions presents opportunities for health service administration and regulation to evolve while ensuring that guidelines are updated, and the required basic standards consistently met.

The HPC creates a sturdy foundation for the formation of minimum Standards or Qualification; Registration of Health Professionals; the issuance of Licences; protection of the welfare and interest of Health Professionals and the establishment and regulation of a professional Code of Conduct for Health Professionals.

Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get about us.


What is the Health Professions Council?

The Health Professions Council is a statutory body established by an Act of Parliament for the regulation of health professions, the performance of services by members of those professions and for purposes connected thereto.

Where is the Health Professions Council located?

#17 East Avenue Centerville
2nd Floor, Adel House
Nassau, New Providence
The Bahamas
P.O. Box N-7528

When did the Health Professions Council become operational?

The Health Professions Council became operational on May 1, 2000 which is the
appointed day on which the Health Professions Act, 1998 came into force

Why is a Health Professions Council necessary?

The emergence of many new health professions has presented challenges for health
service administration. These professionals and paramedical professionals’ function
within individually formulated guidelines which may not always meet required basic
The establishment of the Health Professions Council will assist in monitoring the quality
of healthcare throughout The Bahamas and will have a positive impact on the overall
delivery of healthcare in the future.
It will allow for:
o the formation of minimum Standards or Qualification;
o the Registration of Health Professionals and the issuance of Licences;
o the promotion and protection of the welfare and interest of Health Professionals;
o the establishment of a professional Code of Conduct to protect the public’s
interest; and
o the regulation of the professional Code of Conduct of Health Professionals.

Which health professionals are regulated by the Act?

For the purposes of the Act, health professionals are identified as persons engaged in
the following health professions:
Acupuncture Therapy, Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Chiropody and
Emergency Services Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Occupational
Therapy, Optometry and Opticianry, Physiotherapy and Respiratory Therapy and

What provisions are in place for the registration of other health professionals who
are not presently covered under the Act?

The Act makes provision for the inclusion and registration of other health professionals.
Part V, Section 26 of the Act states that the Minister may by order amend the First

Council members

How many members make up the Council?

Eleven (11).
As per the Act, the Council shall consist of eleven members:
o Chief Medical Officer
o Three (3) shall be appointed by the Minister acting in accordance with the advice
of the Associations representing Pharmacists, Medical Technologists,
Optometrists and Opticians
o Six (6) shall be appointed by the Minister, one of whom shall include a
representative from the other health professions registered under this Act,
o One (1) member of the public appointed by the Minister.

How long will each member serve on the Council?

A member other than the Chief Medical Officer will serve on the Council for a period not exceeding three (3) years and shall be eligible for reappointment.

How are Council members chosen?

The Minister of Health appoints Council Members. The appointments are made, after
consultation with the respective Health Professional Associations and the Government.
(The Act – Second Schedule, Section 1)

Is the Minister a member of the Council?

The Minister of Health is not a member of the Council. However, the Minister of Health
continues to provide direction for the Council.

Welcome to the Health Professions Council (HPC)

Acupuncture Therapy
Audiology and Speech
Language Pathology
Chiropody and Podiatry
Clinical Psychology
Dietetics and Nutrition
Emergency Services
Medical Laboratory
Occupational Therapy
Optometry and Opticianry
Physiotherapy and Respiratory Therapy
As of January 2017, there are over 1,000 active registrants listed on the Health Professions registry.
The Health Professions Act also makes provisions for additional health professionals to join at any time.

Historical Overview

The Health Professions Act(HPA) was approved on 6th August 1998.

The initial Act outlined twelve (12) categories of professions to be regulated:

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiography, Medical Laboratory Technology, Pharmacy, Optometry, Opticianry, Physiotherapy, Chiropody/ Podiatry, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Dietetics/Nutritionist, Emergency Medical Service, Acupuncture



An Interim Working Committee was appointed to draft the subsidiary legislation and formation of the Health Professions Council. Existing associations and individuals practising in the professions identified for regulation were encouraged to provide input and information to assist in forming the legislation.
The Health Professions (General) Regulations and the Health Professions (Complaints and Disciplinary Proceedings) Regulations were approved in 2000. The Health Professions Council became operational on 1st May 2000.



An Amendment Order was signed in 2001 by Minister of Health Dr. Ronald L. Knowles. Audiology and Speech Language Pathology were added as the thirteenth profession to be regulated. Additionally, sub-groups for several of the professions were also identified.
By 2002, there were 200 registrants on the Health Professions Register. Dr. Charles Diggiss became the third appointed Chairman for the Council beginning his tenure in July 2002.



The Council continued to progressand had over 400 hundred registrants. More clarity was brought to the Council’s processes for registration and licensure including prime source verification. To assist in the authentication of documents, the Apostille Process was established.
In December, the Pharmacy Act was gazetted and signed by the Minister of Health, the Honourable Hubert Minnis. The newly established Pharmacy Council assumed responsibility for the regulation of Pharmacists.



In May, anew Website for the Council was the first step in a multi-dimensional approach to modernise the Council.
The Council considered regulating other health care professions(32 new professions) to help strengthen and protect the health care system of The Bahama.



The Council began to draft legislation for the inclusion of twenty plus professions on the Professions Schedule. HPC launchedits new online registration and website platform demonstrating its commitment to maintaining standards and assurance to the public and the professional.

Meet The Council

Dr. Richard Knowles
Dr. Juana Rodgers
Deputy Chairman
Dr. Pearl McMillan
Chief Medical Officer/Ex-Officio
Mr. Richard Darville
Dr. Ava Thompson
Dr. Kevin Moss
Dr. Clive Gaskins
Mrs. Justine Smith
Mr. Kevin Bell
Mr. Antoine Roberts
Dr. Christina Messarra
Ms. Bernadette Ellis
Mrs. Verna Marshall
Office Manager
Mr. H Campbell Cleare III
2002 - 2002
Dr. Horizal Simmons
2007 - 2012
Dr. Richard Knowles
2017 - 2022

Dr. Earl Farrington
1999 - 2002
Dr. Charles Diggiss
2002 - 2007
Dr. Charles Diggiss
2012 - 2017
Dr. Earl Farrington
1999 - 2002

Mr. H Campbell Cleare III
2002 - 2002
Dr. Charles Diggiss
2002 - 2007

Dr. Horizal Simmons
2007 - 2012
Dr. Charles Diggiss
2012 - 2017

Dr. Richard Knowles
2017 - 2022
The Health Professions Council  is a statutory body with responsibility for the regulation of certain health
professionals throughout The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
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