The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) launched a new system of certification for cosmetic surgeons on Thursday, 12th January 2017. The RCS is urging all surgeons who perform cosmetic surgical procedures to apply for certification.
The purpose of the new certification scheme is to help raise standards and provide patients with a ‘quality mark’ to help identify a surgeon with the appropriate training and experience to perform a specific procedure, in different parts of the country.
Cosmetic surgery is not a defined surgical specialty and historically there haven’t been common standards available to the surgeons who perform it. The new system of certification will address this and allow the public and employers to distinguish highly qualified, experienced individuals, from those who are working without adequate insurance or the necessary specialist training.
To be eligible for certification surgeons must be on the General Medical Council’s (GMC) specialist register in a relevant specialty.
Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of evidence, showing how they meet the RCS requirements for certification.