The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has launched a new system of certification with the aim of making the cosmetic surgery sector safer for patients.
The online system aims to help patients to identify a surgeon with the appropriate training, experience and insurance to perform a specific procedure.
In order to receive certification, surgeons will have to provide evidence of their training, professional skills, clinical skills, knowledge and experience. They will also have to attend an RCS-accredited professional behaviours masterclass.
“You only have to look through the adverts in lifestyle magazines to know cosmetic surgery is a booming industry in the UK,” said Mr Stephen Cannon, chair of the Cosmetic Surgery Interspecialty Committee (CSIC) and vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons. He added, “What many don’t know is that the law currently allows any doctor – surgeon or otherwise – to perform cosmetic surgery in the private sector.”
Mr Cannon continued, “We hope it will improve the reputation of a profession, which at times, comes under intense criticism in themedia, sometimes with good reason.”