Toronto — The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has approved two rule changes aimed at stopping general practitioners from advertising themselves as cosmetic surgeons, reports Medical News Today.
Currently in Canada, general practitioners can advertise themselves as cosmetic surgeons even if they are not certified surgeons. According to Medical News Today, a growing number of family doctors and other doctors have been marketing themselves as cosmetic surgeons — and performing procedures such as liposuction and breast enlargement — even though they’ve had no surgical training.
The rule change does not ban doctors from carrying out these procedures, but does prohibit untrained or uncertified non-surgeon doctors from promoting themselves as surgeons or using the word “surgeon” in their title. The aim of the rule changes is to give Canadians better information so they can then decide whether they want to have cosmetic surgery performed by a surgeon or a doctor who is not a surgeon.
The Ontario provincial government must approve the rule changes before they become law.