Cosmetic medical and surgical facility accreditation

In June 2016, the NSW Government introduced tighter regulations for the Cosmetic Medical and Surgery profession in NSW, requiring that specific procedures and those performed under certain types of anaesthesia be done in a licensed facility in accordance with the Private Health Facilities Act 2007.

Part of the updated NSW Ministry of Health licensing requirements is that a cosmetic medical and surgical facility must undergo accreditation against the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards as part of this process. Facilities have until 3 March 2017 to become licensed.

Although each state and territory sets differing legislation for cosmetic medical and surgical facilities in terms of licensing requirements, it is anticipated that over time accreditation against the NSQHS Standards, developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), will be the accepted accreditation  framework for this industry. This will provide a nationally consistent statement about the level of care consumers can expect from health service organisations across Australia.

Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides accreditation and certification for a range of health, community and human service organisations in Australia, with over 25 years of experience. Our QIP team is experienced in supporting practices, service providers and organisations throughout the accreditation process , and offers a range of support tools and services to assist cosmetic medical and surgical facilities in reassuring consumers of their high quality standards of safety and quality while demonstrating compliance with the new NSW licencing requirements.

To further support cosmetic medical and surgical facilities we’ve provided a list of frequently asked questions for more clarity around new NSW legislation requirements and nationally available accreditation programs.

What are the licensed procedures for NSW Cosmetic Medical and Surgical Facilities?

The following information has been sourced from the NSW Government, Ministry of Health:

“Facilities where any cosmetic procedure is performed under anaesthesia or any of the prescribed procedures are must be licenced. Anaesthesia means the administration of general, epidural or major regional anaesthetic or sedation resulting in more than conscious sedation, other than sedation provided in connection with dental procedures.

The following procedures are prescribed under the regulation:

  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
  • Belt lipectomy
  • Brachioplasty (armlift)
  • Breast augmentation or reduction
  • Buttock augmentation, reduction or lift
  • Calf implants
  • Facial implants that involve inserting an implant on the bone or surgical exposure to deep tissue
  • Fat transfer that involves the transfer of more than 2.5 litres of lipoaspirate
  • Liposuction that involves the removal of more than 2.5 litres of lipoaspirate
  • Mastopexy or mastopexy augmentation
  • Necklift
  • Pectoral implants
  • Penis augmentation
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Superficial musculoaponeurotic system facelift (SMAS facelift)
  • Vaginoplasty or labiaplasty, but does not include any dental procedure”

It is necessary that those facilities which fit the description above and are located in NSW, engage with an accreditation provider prior to 3 March 2017.

More information and references  are available from:

What if we, as a cosmetic medical and surgical facility choose to avoid those particular procedures or we are in a state and/or territory where accreditation isn’t yet a licensing requirement?

If you do not continue to perform the procedures listed above and do notuse the anaesthesia, you will not require a license. However, QIP accreditation against the NSQHS Standards demonstrates your facilities commitment to a national level of safety and quality and reassures your patients, consumers and staff of your dedication to continuous quality improvement and best practice systems and processes. Accreditation can also provide a point-of-difference over non-accredited facilities, with QIP clients encouraged to promote their achievement of accreditation to their local community through the use of QIP’s promotional resources.

When will Licensing become mandatory in my state?

From 3 March 2017, facilitates where any regulated cosmetic procedure is performed under anaesthesia or any of the prescribed procedures are undertaken (please click here for further details), must be licensed as according to the licensing standards under the new NSW cosmetic surgery class.

We encourage all cosmetic medical and surgical facilities in Australia to regularly check with their State Health Department for more information surrounding updates to licensing requirements.

What is QIP’s accreditation process?

Accreditation is a cyclical process of internally directed self-assessment, followed by external assessment. The main steps in Quality Innovation Performance Limited’s (QIP) accreditation process are as follows:

  1. Registration
  2. Self-Assessment
  3. Application
  4. Assessment
  5. Decision
  6. Monitoring

For more details about QIP’s accreditation process and to register your cosmetic medical and surgical facility with our team, please contact

How much will accreditation cost?

The cost of accreditation is dependent on a variety of factors including bed numbers and procedures.

QIP’s fees are clearly articulated ensuring that cosmetic medical and surgical facilities know upfront exactly how much accreditation will cost.

QIP prides itself on its ability to ensure its prices are affordable in today’s cosmetic medical and surgical market. Price is adjusted according to size of the facility.

Fees are payable only once during the relevant accreditation cycle. QIP does not charge:

  • Any membership or application fees
  • Hourly fees or additional costs, or
  • Annual fees.

For the most accurate quote, please contact the QIP team on:

Phone: 1300 888 329


To speak directly to a QIP team member about your cosmetic  medical and surgical facility, licensing requirements and the accreditation process or to register, please contact the team on 1300 888 329 or visit our information page here.