Accreditation of Non-Hospital Surgery Facilities: Joint Policy Statement

American Society for Aesthetic
Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

It is the position of the American Society
of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society
for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc. that
plastic surgery performed under anesthesia,
other than minor local anesthesia and/or
minimal oral tranquilization, must be performed
in a surgical facility that meets at least
one of the following criteria:

  • Accredited by a national or state recognized
    accrediting agency/organization such as
    the American Association for Accreditation
    of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, the Accreditation
    Association for Ambulatory Health Care or
    the Joint Commission on the Accreditation
    of Health Care Organizations
  • Certified to participate in the Medicare
    program under Title XVIII
  • Licensed by the state in which the facility
    is located

A three-year phase-in of this policy starting
June 30,1999, the original ratification
date, is stipulated to allow adequate time
for members to meet the above criteria.
Members are expected to meet this mandate
by July 1, 2002.

Approved by the ASAPS Board of Directors,
February 19, 2000

Approved the ASPS Board of Directors, February
12, 2000


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.


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