INTERNATIONAL BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION IN FACIAL PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
WHO IS CERTIFIED
International Board for Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Diplomates (IBCFPRS Diplomates-formerly known as UIC in FPS Diplomates) The international certification process is aimed at setting similar standards of knowledge in the area of facial plastic surgery worldwide. The only established certification in the area of facial plastic surgery is that offered by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS). Specialists who have trained outside North America are not eligible for ABFPRS certification. Keeping this in mind, and with the support of the ABFPRS and the AAFPRS, the International Board for Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (formerly known as Unified International Certification in Facial Plastic Surgery) was developed. Eligibility criteria were established following the standards of excellence established by the ABFPRS. Today, if international specialists fulfill the criteria, they may be eligible for the IBCFPRS Program sponsored by the International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies (IFFPSS) and the national facial plastic surgery society in their country or geographic area of which they are a member.
To achieve international certification the surgeon must:
Have completed an approved residency program in otolaryngology/head-and neck surgery or plastic surgery.
Have earned prior certification by the National Examining Body in Otolaryngology/Head-and Neck Surgery or Plastic Surgery.
Have been in practice a minimum of two years.
Have 100 consecutive operative reports (in the area of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery) performed in a two-year period, accepted by a peer-review committee.
Successfully pass a two-day written and oral examination in the specialty.
Hold the appropriate licensure and adhere to the IFFPSS Code of Ethics.
The societies listed below support the International Board for Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program sponsored by the International Federation of Facial Plastic Surgery Societies (IFFPSS).
Patients should consider IBCFPRS certification as only one factor in selecting a facial plastic surgeon. Completion of the IBCFPRS Program alone does not necessarily indicate competence or compatibility with the procedure that is going to be performed on the patient.
Not all facial plastic surgeons perform all facial plastic surgery procedures. Some further specialize in a narrower range of procedures, such as nose surgery (rhinoplasty).
Patients have responsibility when they select their surgeons. The International Board for Certification in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery disclaims any warranty or liability with regard to any certificant's listing in this website or any other website found through the use of this website.