Surgical Facility Accreditation Mandated by American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

York, NY (July 9, 2001) — The American
Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
has ratified a Bylaws amendment requiring
its membership of board-certified plastic
surgeons to perform operations requiring
anesthesia (other than local anesthesia
or minimal tranquilization) only in accredited
surgical facilities beginning in July 2002.
The move should be a model for other organizations,
says ASAPS President Malcolm D. Paul, MD.
“The fact that ASAPS members overwhelmingly
supported this requirement demonstrates
their absolute commitment to the highest
standards of patient care,” says Dr.
Paul. Passage of the amendment by the membership
was the final step in confirming an earlier
resolution by the ASAPS Board of Directors
calling for mandatory accreditation of surgical

A recent survey showed that 55 percent
of ASAPS members operate mainly in an office-based
surgical facility. Published data confirm
that plastic surgery performed by American
Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certified
surgeons in accredited office-based facilities
has a safety record comparable to hospital

Currently, the majority of ASAPS members
who operate in office facilities say that
these facilities are accredited; however,
beginning in July 2002, all members will
be required annually to submit a signed
statement attesting to compliance with the
Bylaws amendment requiring mandatory accreditation.
Failure to comply with the accredited surgical
facility requirement would lead to sanctions
up to and including expulsion from membership.

In most states, physicians can legally
perform surgery in unaccredited offices
without any oversight or peer review. It
is ASAPS’ position that plastic surgery
performed under anesthesia, other than minor
local anesthesia and/or minimal oral or
intramuscular tranquilization, must be performed
in a surgical facility that meets at least
one of the following criteria:

  • Accreditation by a national or state recognized
    accrediting agency/organization;
  • Certification to participate in the Medicare
    program under Title XVIII; or
  • Licensure by the state in which the facility
    is located.

“We want patients to know that when
they select an ASAPS member for their cosmetic
surgery, they are assured that the highest
standards have been met,” says Dr.
Paul. “These standards include surgeon
certification by the American Board of Plastic
Surgery and surgical facility accreditation
by a recognized accrediting body.”


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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