About CMSA

The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) was founded and financed in 1954 by members of the medical profession and was registered as a non-profit making company in 1955. The CMSA is dedicated “To promote the highest degree of skill and efficiency in medical and dental practice and to cultivate the highest ethical standards and professional conduct … not for pecuniary profit, but for the betterment of humanity”. To this end we continuously strive to improve on our support of, and increase our investment in, the structure and function of health care services and our medical professionals.


To sustain and improve postgraduate medical education and training in Southern Africa as an independent examining body, recognised both nationally and internationally

To play a continuing role in providing guidance on issues affecting medical standards and the structure and function of health care services
To remain an autonomous body for promoting and maintaining ethical and professional standards.


Examining/Accreditation Body

To be  national examining body for medical and dental personnel, and if required, for the professions allied to medicine in South Africa and possibly in sub-Saharan Africa.

A body responsible for the approval of teaching and training facilities for purposes of accreditation.


To provide postgraduate medical and dental education, and if required, for the professions allied to medicine.

To provide assistance in recertification of medical and dental professionals


To advise on Medico-political issues, Ethical issues and restructuring of health care.

To establish appropriate contact at all levels of health care


The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) is committed to promoting the highest professional and ethical standards through its primary role as an educational and postgraduate examining body.

The CMSA is committed to improving the health of all the people of South Africa, and energetically pursues the goal of making its multidisciplinary educational resources available to other states in Africa.

The CMSA strongly endorses internationally recognised standards of human rights, condemns all forms of violence and is committed to the development of a just and peaceful society in which educational, health, recreational and other social services are available to all.

The CMSA is opposed to all forms of discrimination on the grounds of race, religion or gender and believes that such discrimination is incompatible with the ethical practice of medicine.