The Ozone Association of South Africa (OASA): to empower healthcare providers with innovative technology and solutions that improve quality of life, reduce the cost of healthcare, deliver superior client care, and provide employees with meaningful work and growth opportunities.
- To educate individuals to become caring, compassionate, ethical, and proficient health care professionals;
- To recruit and develop dedicated individuals who inspire to life-long learning in the service of human health;
- To offer educational opportunities to staff, practicing health professionals, and the public;
- To conduct research in the health sciences, advancing knowledge and encouraging new responses to health care needs;
- To provide excellence in client care in an environment that is respectful of others, adaptive to change and accountable for outcomes;
- To advance economic development by introducing new technology and fostering research links with industry and other institutions;
- Increase the quantity and availability of a range of high quality learning materials including interactive, multi-media tutorials, generic and discipline-based guides and assessment tools
- Facilitate the sharing and dissemination of learning resources
- To optimize the use of all resources;
- To provide leadership for the individual(s) in efforts to promote health and prevent disease;
Code of conduct and guidance on the register of interests for members of the Ozone Association of South Africa (OASA)
Code of Conduct
Membership of the OASA is a privilege which carries with it the twin responsibilities of protecting clients and guiding healthcare providers. In order that both clients and healthcare providers may have confidence in the effectiveness and impartiality of the Council, members undertake:
- To make themselves available for service on the Council and those of its committees and working parties to which they may be elected or appointed.
- To take decisions in the public interest, without favor to any individual, body corporate or other association.
- To avoid placing themselves under obligation to any individual or organization that might affect their ability to act impartially and objectively as members of the OASA.
- To declare relevant interests or prior knowledge in the course of OASA business, and/or to take steps to avoid such interests or knowledge giving rise to a conflict of interest.
- To promote the principles set out in Good Ozone Practice.
- To serve without seeking personal gain or preferment.
- To avoid bias on grounds of sex, race, disability, lifestyle, culture, beliefs, color, gender, sexuality or age.
- To be open about the decisions and actions they take as OASA members, restricting information only when the principles of confidentiality or the law demand it.
- To observe the confidentiality of information identified as confidential which they receive as a privilege of Council membership.
- To support the above principles by leadership and example
The OASA is a non-profit organization. As part of the organization, members are required to act only in the best interests of the OASA, putting the OASA’s’ interests before any other personal or professional interests.
Members have a responsibility to be aware of their duties as part of the organization. The Chairman is responsible for ensuring that members are offered appropriate information, guidance and training. Members who have questions or concerns about, or arising from, their role and responsibilities should consult the Chairman at the earliest opportunity.
Members have a responsibility to make sure that the OASA is acting within the law. Members who have specific concerns about the OASA’s compliance with charity or other legislation should seek further information from the Chairman at the earliest opportunity.
Guidance on the Register of Interests
- The Council attaches great importance to trying to ensure a proper balance between transparency and privacy. The aim of the register is not to satisfy curiosity but to support transparency and probity, and to maintain confidence in the regulatory process.
- With this aim in mind, the Council has agreed that the following interests should be declared:
- Posts held in the ordinary course of employment or practice.
- Ordinary membership of professional bodies, specialist societies, local medical committees or the medical defense organizations.
- Fellowships of professional bodies, medical Royal Colleges, or specialist societies.
- Any office held in a professional body, specialist society or other similar body in the public, private or voluntary sector. Offices include posts such as Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer/Secretary and additional members.
- Membership of a committee or Council of a professional association, specialist society, medical Royal College or other similar body.
- Membership of, or posts held in, local or national community organizations.
- Consultancies, directorships, or advisory positions if they relate to a medical, healthcare or pharmaceutical company or organization, NHS Trust or authority, public body or political party.
- The Chairman will be responsible for keeping the register of members’ interests. The register will be published. Members should amend their entries in the register as soon as possible following any change in their circumstances, and will, in any event, be invited to update their entries in the spring of each year.
The OASA ensures that you are dealing with a certified (OASA certification) healthcare professional. Other staffs such as nurses, therapists and scientists are board certified and have the relevant tertiary qualification and extensive clinical experience. All staff is required to follow strict ethical guidelines as promulgated by their countries of registration professional body. Healthcare providers who provide services for OASA are screened for expertise in their field. Prior to the healthcare providers’ appointment, independent referees are consulted to further ascertain the healthcare providers’ expertise and good standing within the medical community.
Client confidentiality is paramount and no clinical information or identifying data is passed onto a third party without the express permission of the client.
OASA healthcare providers follow current “best practice” guidelines. These are based on the highest ethical standards of medical practice and have been adapted and developed where necessary by Continuing Medical Education and Quality Assurance Committees of OASA. In addition OASA and its healthcare providers follow the guidelines promulgated by professional bodies of which they are members. The fundamental principles on which all guidelines are based are for healthcare providers to promote the health and well being of clients and to practice the science and art of medicine to the best of their ability and within the limits of their expertise.
Supplements and vitamins are not prescribed unless the client has had a consultation with one of our healthcare providers or has been seen by a medical practitioner who can verify physical data and identity. While consideration is given to direct requests by clients for particular investigations, these are not provided unless in the opinion of the healthcare provider, they would be of benefit to the client’s health.
Any complaints regarding our service will be directed to the Chairman of the OASA. If a dispute is not settled to the satisfaction of both parties, the matter will be referred to an independent medical arbitrator or the Board of Registration of the healthcare provider involved.
The OASA guarantees that you are dealing with a certified (OASA certification) healthcare professional and ensure that your communication and medical records remain confidential. Clinicians consider the interests and well being of our clients as their prime responsibility, exercise the highest ethical standards in all their dealings and activities, commit to an environment of continual improvement and are sensitive and responsive to the needs and values of the communities and countries in which they work.