IBCS International Board of Cosmetic Surgery

Introduction

The International Board of Cosmetic Surgery is a nonprofit corporation. Purposes of the International Board of Cosmetic Surgery include:

  • To develop, promote, support, and encourage the science and art of cosmetic surgery.
  • To plan and execute examinations to determine the extent of knowledge of cosmetic surgeons.
  • To be devoted to postgraduate education in the field of cosmetic surgery and dedicated to patient safety and satisfaction through physician education and examination.

The Goals of the International Board of Cosmetic Surgery are:

  • To hold examinations, both written and oral, on at least a yearly basis to determine the extent of a cosmetic surgeon's knowledge.
  • To promote Standards of Practice in the field of cosmetic surgery as a guide to physicians towards a high quality of surgical and medical care.
  • To support and encourage scientific research in cosmetic surgery.
  • To perform any and all such acts as are necessary and proper to attain these goals.

History, Evolution and Philosophy

The International Board of Cosmetic Surgery was formed in 2003 as a nonprofit organisation for the purpose of holding examinations to test the knowledge of cosmetic surgeons.

The members of the Board of Trustees of the International Board of Cosmetic Surgery are selected from internationally experienced cosmetic surgeons dedicated to teaching and maintaining a high quality of patient care in cosmetic surgery.

The Board examinations that have been given were in:

  • Riviera, Varna, Bulgaria: November 2003
  • Lisbon, Portugal: November 2004
  • Tokyo, Japan: November 2005
  • Seoul, Korea: June 2006
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: November 2006
  • Shanghai, China: February 2007
  • Taipei, Taiwan: February 2008
  • Cartagena, Colombia: November 2008
  • Singapore: January 2009
  • Seoul, Korea: November 2009

Board examinations are planned in:

  • Saigon, Vietnam: November 2011

Specialty of Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery is a specialty dedicated to the elective enhancement of human appearance.

The International Board of Cosmetic Surgery defines cosmetic surgery specialty as the knowledge and expertise related to the diagnosis, surgery, preoperative management, and prevention and management of complications related to the practice of cosmetic surgery.

Responsibilities of Diplomats

Becoming a Diplomat of the European & International Board of Cosmetic Surgery is a significant professional achievement and honour. Diplomats must strive to represent the high ethical and moral standards of the European & International Board of Cosmetic Surgery and to support the Board activities for the advancement of the specialty of cosmetic surgery.

Diplomats agree to adhere to the European & International Board of Cosmetic Surgery regarding ethical practice of cosmetic surgery, including advertising and representations to the public and to practice the highest standard of patient care and safety at all times.

Credentialing and Registration

A Credentialing Committee shall be appointed by the President of the International Board of Cosmetic Surgery consisting of at least two members of the Board of Trustees.

The Credentialing Committee shall review all applications and approve qualified Applicants who have satisfied the credentialing requirements for taking the Board Examination.

The Register

The International Board of Cosmetic Surgery shall maintain a Register, in its main office in the United Kingdom, of all physicians who have passed the Board examination in General Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Cosmetic Surgery, Dermatologic Cosmetic Surgery, or Body Contouring Surgery.

The Register name(s) will be available to any person or entity through a written request.