Ahpra introduces new guidelines for cosmetic surgery and procedures

09 May 2023

Daniel Spencer

by Daniel Spencer

Female patient having a cosmetic consultation

Medical practitioners performing cosmetic surgery will face tougher guidelines from 1 July 2023.

The changes follow an independent review in 2022 into patient safety issues in the cosmetic surgery industry, and include a new registration standard for cosmetic surgery endorsement to inform patients about doctors’ training and qualifications.

Guidelines for registered medical practitioners who perform cosmetic surgery and procedures provides separate guidance for cosmetic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

The guidelines for cosmetic surgery include the following requirements:


Guidelines for registered medical practitioners who advertise cosmetic surgery may require doctors to amend existing advertising to include their registration type and number, offer no incentives or inducements, and more.

In addition, proposed changes to the National Law will see the title of surgeon be legally restricted to clinicians who are registered as specialists in surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology or ophthalmology.

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