How to Apply for a Practice Number


In order to obtain a practice code number from the Practice Code Number System (PCNS), healthcare service providers have to be registered as an independent Practitioner, Practice or Agency with the relevant statutory council. The applicant’s scope of practice must also be corroborated by the BHF in accordance with the accreditation requirements.

In order to receive a practice number, service providers need to do the following:

  • Visit the PCNS website and download relevant application forms
  • Once completed, all forms and required documentation should be returned to the BHF offices by registered mail or overnight courier, together with the applicable registration fee (see 2020 rates online) or proof of payment of the applicable fee via bank EFT.
  • Upon successful completion of the accreditation process, a unique practice number will be issued by the BHF and awarded to the applicant. This practice number must appear on all official documentation and communications.
  • PCNS registration must be renewed annually by 31 March.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: During the COVID-19 lockdown period, all forms together with proof of bank
EFT payment can be sent via email to

On average, the accreditation process takes between 10 to 20 working days, provided that the application form is completed in full and all supporting documentation has been submitted. Once the practice number has been issued, all medical schemes on the PCNS database will be notified electronically.

Banking Details

For NEW practice number applications, payment of the Application Fee can be done via bank EFT using banking details provided below.

IMPORTANT: Applications will not be processed without proof of payment of PCNS registration fees. Please email your Proof of Payment through to


Bank: Nedbank
Branch: The Mall of Rosebank
Branch Code: 197705
Account No: 1958 518 530
Account Type: Cheque account
Account Name: PCNS


All FNB clients please note that we are a public registered business and you can use your online banking and or banking app to pay for your practice renewal. Our bank account details are registered under PCNS.


Effective 1 May 2021, the new PCNS contact centre number will be 087 210 0500. If you require more information, visit or get in touch with the PCNS team via email at