newsBusiness Insider SA reports that a technical committee of the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS) has entered the public-inquiry phase of drafting an ethics guideline for traditional healers in SA.  

The document, formally known as ARP 2077, "Guidelines on ethics for traditional health practitioners (THP) in traditional health care" is due to apply across the application of traditional medicine.  It will cover diviners using methods such as throwing the bones, herbalists, and traditional health surgeons.  It will offer recommended practices on "discipline and professionalism required" from practitioners and also deals with registration and recognition of healers, in respect of which it recommends taking into considering testimonials from community members.  Traditional healers, the guidelines indicate, should keep detailed patient records of diagnoses and management plans for five years, and should respond to emergency requests for health care or products.  Traditional practitioners should use medicines "that are in line with what they are trained for", the document says, but adds that human body parts or genetically modified organisms should not be used for any healing purposes.  The draft is open for public comment until 20 April.


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