On 2 September 2022, Australian Health Ministers announced reforms to ensure doctors performing cosmetic surgery are appropriately qualified and work to the highest health safety standards expected in Australia. As part of these reforms the Commission developed a National Licensing Framework and National Safety and Quality Cosmetic Surgery Standards.
The Cosmetic Surgery Standards were officially launched on 14 December 2023, following broad consultation with consumers, clinicians, services, professional and peak bodies, regulators and other representatives of the sector.
The National Safety and Quality Cosmetic Surgery Standards (Cosmetic Surgery Standards) aim to protect the public from harm and improve the quality of cosmetic surgery in Australia.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) is developing resources for consumers and to support services to implement and monitor the Cosmetic Surgery Standards.
These FAQs provide some further information about the intent of the Cosmetic Surgery Standards and how services can begin implementation.