The History of the Oral Hygienists’ Association of
South Africa (OHASA)
The Oral Hygienists’ Association of South Africa (OHASA) was established in 1978
to represent, protect and promote the interests of its members and the Oral Hygiene
Profession in South Africa. The Executive Committee members were:
|I V Pretorius
|I de Villiers
OHASA was registered with the South African Medical and Dental Council in April 1979.
It was subsequently recognised by the International Liaison Committee on Dental Hygiene as
a duly Constituted Group representing the interests of Oral Hygienists in South Africa in
With the assistance and support from OHASA a Professional Board for Oral Hygiene was
established in October 1980 under the powers vested in the Minister of Health, Welfare and
Pensions, Dr L A P A Munnik, by section 15(4) of the Medical, Dental and Supplementary
Health Service Professions Act, 1974 (Act 56 of 1974).
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