Advancing the quality of healthcare by sharing knowledge and experience.

SAFHE (South African Federation of Healthcare Engineering) was initiated in 1974 in the Western Cape and officially constituted as a national body in 1975.

Individual membership of the SAFHE is open to engineers, architects, medical practitioners, technicians and technologists and other persons engaged in the broad field of healthcare engineering, architecture, and planning.

Corporate membership is extended to companies with interests in the healthcare engineering.

SAFHE was accorded membership of the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering (IFHE) in 1976
IFHE is a non-profit, non-governmental body established in 1970 to enable national engineering professional organizations to join in a world-wide federation. Membership of IFHE has spread to over thirty countries. IFHE is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, as a Non-governmental Organization in Official Relations with the WHO.

Our purpose

  • To provide a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences to improve healthcare services via its website, conferences, webinars, newsletters, and publications.
  • To assist individuals to further their experience and training in healthcare engineering and building design.
  • To collaborate with other organizations in advancing the quality of healthcare services.
  • To encourage greater collaboration between private and public health.

Our alliances

SAFHE collaborates with other associations and organizations with a shared interest in improving healthcare services.

CEASA (Clinical Engineering Association South Africa)

CEASA is a voluntary association of Clinical Engineering practitioners. Our members practice at all levels within both state and private sector healthcare delivery systems in South Africa, also in the allied medical devices supply and support industry.

 ICAN (Infection Control Network Africa)

With over 2118 members since 2015 from 54 countries across Africa and Europe, ICAN has become the voice of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in Africa.


Kevin Poggenpoel
Petrus Swanepoel
Amy Krause
Francis Fenner
Lance Roy
Kate Roper
Poon Pieterse