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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of medical ethical guidelines in the medical pathology and blood transfusion fields 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252402  Demonstrate knowledge of medical ethical guidelines in the medical pathology and blood transfusion fields 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Phlebotomy Technicians 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Curative Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
114731  Adhere to medical ethical guidelines while working in the medical laboratory or blood transfusion fields  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for learners working in the medical pathology or blood transfusion field and who are required to function effectively and acquire a life-long commitment to good professional and ethical practices. This unit standard aims to enable these learners to understand and apply medical ethical guidelines while performing their duties.

Learners credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Explain the ethical guidelines relevant to the learner's scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of patient and/or donor's rights.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legislation and regulations relevant to the learner's scope of practice. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competency in:
  • Language and communication skills at or equivalent to NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the ethical guidelines relevant to the learner's scope of practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Core ethical values and standards for good professional practice are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Respect for persons, non-maleficence, beneficence, autonomy, justice, fairness, professional competence and self-improvement.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    General ethical duties applicable to phlebotomy are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    'Duties' refers to duties towards patients and/or donors, colleagues and other professionals and duties towards self, society, the profession and the environment.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of patient and/or donor's rights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The rights and responsibilities of the patient and/or donor are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ethical and professional rules and regulations regarding patient and/or donor confidentiality are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ethical and professional rules and regulations regarding informed consent for procedures are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the professional rules applicable to the scope of practice of the learner. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Relevant legislation, work policies, protocols. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Knowledge of the legislation and regulations governing the scope of practice of the learner is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Knowledge of the relevant prescribed protocols and policies of the institution where the learner is currently employed is demonstrated. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Relevant prescribed protocols and policies of the institution where the learner is currently employed.
  • Prescribed protocols are the written instructions of the institution relating to specific tasks and procedures.
  • The HPCSA's general ethical guidelines, the rules and regulations in respect of the scope of practice and code of conduct for the learner.
  • The Patients' Rights Charter.
  • Relevant sections of the National Health Act 61 2003.
  • The Health Professions Act 56 of 1974.
  • Relevant sections of the Children's Act. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when offering solutions in case studies. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by answering questions that require information to be gathered from different documents. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentation when completing written assignments and test. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others:
  • Through the use of the laboratory computer system.
  • Through accessing the policies and procedures using the laboratory computer system. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing how applying medical ethics and professional duties can impact the patient and the workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 114731, "Adhere to medical ethical guidelines while working in the medical laboratory or blood transfusion fields", Level 4, 4 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63189   National Certificate: Medical Laboratory Assistance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30   
    Core  59345   Further Education and Training Certificate: Phlebotomy Techniques  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HPCSA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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