Health Professionals (Autonomous Service of Sanitary Comptrollership)
Resolution No. 140, dated April 17, 2015, issued by the Ministry of the Popular Power for Health, was published in Official Gazette No. 40,647 of April 24, 2015 (the “Resolution”). The Resolution issues the Rules to Regulate the Process for Legalization and Monitoring of Free Practice of Health Professionals through the Autonomous Service of Sanitary Comptrollership (Servicio Autónomo de Contraloría Sanitaria) (the “Rules”).
The purpose of the Rules is to establish the procedures and methods to regulate the enrollment, registration, approval, and certification of the Diplomas for the Legalization and Monitoring of Free Practice of Health Professionals; also, to update the Registration System as per the sanitary rules in force
Said Rules establish that any natural person who obtains a university degree, university advanced technicians, and intermediate-level technicians in the area of health, nationwide, must be registered with the Automated System for Legalization and Monitoring of Free Practice of Health Professionals (Sistema Automatizado para la Legalización y Vigilancia del Libre Ejercicio de los Profesionales de la Salud) (the “System”), using to that end the web site of the Autonomous Service of Sanitary Comptrollership. Likewise, they must fill a sworn statement of faithfulness of the data provided.
The Rules prescribe the procedure to be followed by health professionals, after being registered, in order to register graduate and postgraduate diplomas obtained in the country, certificate of temporary registry, request for registration of medical professional diploma, and requests for certifications. They also establish the electronic registration certificate printed through the System as valid registry document in all of the national territory. The signature and stamp on the Diploma are eliminated.
Also, the Rules prescribe that the Autonomous Service of Sanitary Comptrollership will conduct subsequent audits of the data provided and if a falsification of the data provided is proven it will proceed to immediately cancel the registry assigned to the health professional or the document generated for each particular process and will request the relevant criminal penalties.
The Resolution became effective upon publication in the Official Gazette.
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