All registrants should familiarize themselves with the Supplementary Medical Professions Ordinance (the Ordinance), in particular the following statutory requirements -
- Section 16(1) – Holding of a valid practising certificate
- A registered person shall not practise a profession in Hong Kong unless he is the holder of a practising certificate which is then in force.
- The Board may direct removal from the register of the name of any person, who being a person required to be the holder of a practising certificate, has practised a profession in Hong Kong for a period exceeding 6 months without having obtained such a certificate (section 10(4) of the Ordinance).
- Section 18(1) – Display of certificate of registration
- Except for those exempted under section 30 of the Ordinance, a registrant shall keep displayed his certificates of registration or a certified copy of such certificate issued under section 14(3) of the Ordinance in a conspicuous position in any premises in which he practises the profession. Failure to comply with the requirement is an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $1,000.
- Section 21(2) – Employment of unregistered persons
- Any person who employs any unregistered persons to practise the profession commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for 6 months.
- Section 14(5) – Reporting of updated addresses
- A registrant should report to the Secretary (a) every address at which he practices the profession; and (b) any change of his correspondence and practising addresses within two months of such a change. Failure to do so without reasonable excuse commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $500.
- Section 11 – Publication of register and evidence of registration
- A list of the names, addresses, qualifications and dates of the qualifications of all persons whose names appear on the register has to be published annually in the HKSAR Government Gazette.
- The correspondence address provided by the registrants (which can be the practising address, the residential address, a Post Office Box number, etc.) to the Board will be published in the Gazette and the relevant Government website where the e-Gazette is published.
- Section 20(2) – Professionally qualified directors
- A company registered under the Companies Ordinance may carry on the business of practising the profession if at least one director thereof is a registered person and all persons practising the profession who are employed by the company are registered persons.
- A corporation which carries on the business of practising the profession other than in compliance with section 20(2) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for 6 months.
- Section 20(3) – Company returns
- Companies carrying on the business of practising the profession should submit a statement to the Secretary within 14 days after 1 July in each year.
- A company which fails to comply with the requirement commits an offence which is liable for conviction to a fine of $500 and imprisonment for 3 months.