Crackdown on licensing of cosmetic surgery clinics

A move by NSW to crack down on the cosmetic surgery industry by introducing stricter licensing standards for clinics has been welcomed by the wider GP profession and plastic surgeons.

The new laws, announced last week by Health Minister Jillian Skinner, will require facilities that carry out certain cosmetic procedures to be subject to the same licensing standards as those that apply to private hospitals.

The procedures include breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, large-volume liposuction and certain facial