In January 2017 the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) launched a new cosmetic certification system with the aim of making the cosmetic surgery industry safer for patients, and enhancing the profession. The RCS is therefore encouraging all surgeons who perform cosmetic surgical procedures to apply for certification.
The certification will help patients identify surgeons across the country with the relevant experience and training to perform a specific procedure.
In order to receive certification, surgeons will need to:
- Provide evidence of their training, professional skills, clinical skills, knowledge and experiences
- Attend an RCS accredited professional behaviours masterclass
Professional and ethical aspects of practice, including the relationship with the patient, are the most common reasons for unsatisfactory outcomes in cosmetic surgery, therefore demonstration of knowledge and skills in this area is an integral part of the certification process.
Surgeons will be able to obtain certification in one or more groups of closely related procedures as long as they are on the General Medical Council’s (GMC) specialist register in a specialty that demonstrates training and experience in the chosen area of practice, and they can demonstrate they meet certification requirements.
Professional Standards for Cosmetic Surgery
The RCS has also published Professional Standards for Cosmetic Surgery which stipulate that only surgeons with the appropriate training and experience should undertake cosmetic surgery, as well as the ethics and behaviour expected of them. At the end of 2016, the RCS published information for people who are considering cosmetic surgery on its website. Late this year the RCS will launch a portal which will allow patients to search for certified surgeons in their areas.