Any certificate issued by The Society of Cosmetic Surgeons may be subject to sanction, revocation, or suspension at any time that the Board of Trustees shall determine in their sole judgment that the Diplomate holding the Certificate ("certificate holder" or "holder") was not properly qualified to receive it or is no longer properly qualified to retain it.
The Governors of the academy may consider sanction, revocation, or suspension for just and sufficient reason, including but not limited to any of the following: The Diplomate did not possess the necessary qualifications nor meet the requirements to receive the certificate at the time it was issued; falsified any part of the application or other required documentation; made any material misstatement or omission to the Board, whether or not the Diplomate or the Board knew of such deficiencies at the time; (REVOCATION)
The Diplomate misrepresented his or her status with regard to Board certification, including any misstatement of fact about being Board certified in any specialty; (REVOCATION)
The Diplomate engaged in conduct resulting in a revocation, suspension, qualification or other limitation of his or her license to practice medicine or dentistry in any jurisdiction; (SUSPENSION)
The Diplomate engaged in conduct resulting in the expulsion, suspension, disqualification or other limitation from professional membership in a local, regional, national or other organization of professional peers; (SUSPENSION)
The Diplomate engaged in conduct resulting in revocation, suspension, or other limitation of privileges to practice surgery in a health care institution; (SUSPENSION)
The Diplomate failed to abide by the by-laws of the Board in any regard including payment of mandatory sustaining dues. (REVOCATION)
Following the sanction imposed by the Board, the holder of a revoked or suspended certificate will be given written notice of sanction by registered or certified mail, or confirmed overnight delivery to the last address that the holder has provided to the Board. Sanction is final upon the mailing of the notification.
Upon revocation of certification, the holder's name shall be removed from the Board membership list of certified surgeons and the holder is required to return the issued certificate to the Board.
Upon suspension of certification, the holder's name will be removed from the Board membership list of certified surgeons; and the certificate holder will not be able to claim board certification by the ABCS.
The Society of Cosmetic Surgeons , being dedicated to the principles of fairness, consistency and equality in its dealings with its Diplomates, Candidates and potential candidates, hereby establishes the following policy with regard to resolution of questions or dissatisfactions arising therefrom:
1. Questions or complaints regarding the requirements and rules of the Board on individual credentials and admissibility to the examinations shall be referred to the Credentials Committee. With respect to the Certifying Examination there will be considered on reconsideration or appeal only fraud or misconduct by the examiners, not the content of the examination, the sufficiency or accuracy of the answers given, or any other matter.
2. Reconsideration: Except when an appeal has been denied on the basis of a requirement specified in the by-laws of the Corporation, any Diplomate, Candidate or potential candidate who considers an action of the Board adverse to his interest, to be based upon unfairness, inconsistency or inequality may request reconsideration. The request must be made in writing within 90 days of receipt of notice from the Board of the action in question. The request shall be accompanied by such documentation as the requestor may consider appropriate to support the request. The request for reconsideration will be brought before the Credentials Committee at the next regular meeting of that Committee, and the decision of the Committee shall be reported to the Trustees at their next regular meeting. Within 30 days following the meeting of the Trustees, the requestor shall be notified, in writing, of the Credentials Committee action and the reasons therefore.
2.1 The decision of the Credentials Committee shall be considered final, unless the complainant, within 30 days after having been advised thereof, gives written notification to the Board that he wishes to institute a Personal Appeal, requests a hearing and sets forth the reasons for disagreement with the findings of the Credentials Committee.
3. Personal Appeals: The process of Personal Appeal shall consist of two phases, Informal and Formal.