Since 29 November 2017 SAAG has been a Voluntary Association (VA) accredited with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP). SACNASP is the legislated regulatory body for natural science practitioners in South Africa. The natural sciences encompass a wide range of scientific fields covering all of the basic sciences and many of their applied derivatives. For a complete list of the current fields of practice recognised by SACNASP, please have a look at their website here.
Their mission is to establish, direct, sustain, and ensure a high level of professionalism and ethical conscience amongst South African scientists. The scientists' conduct should be internationally acceptable and in the broad interest of the community as outlined in the SACNASP Code of Conduct.
Promote the practice of the natural science professions in South Africa;
Ensure and administer the mandatory registration of natural scientists as required in terms of The Natural Scientific Professions Act of 2003;
Exercise control over the standard of conduct of professional natural scientists;
Monitor the standard of education and training of natural scientists;
Set standards for the recognition of education and training of natural scientists; and
Ensure that prospective registrants meet the educational standards required for registration.
So what does SAAG accreditation mean? If you are a registered natural scientist with SACNASP and if you attend one of our conferences or workshops, you can earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. Once you have attended a conference and the conference has been verified by SACNASP, SAAG will send you a certificate, which you can then use towards your CPD points.
SAAG has also compiled a guide on how you as a member can submit an event you are organising for CPD credits with SACNASP.