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The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

What is the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery?


Founded in 1985, the mission of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is to advance the specialty of cosmetic surgery and quality patient care.

Most members of AACS are dermatological surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, general surgeons, plastic surgeons or ophthalmic plastic surgeons — all of whom specialize in cosmetic surgery.

AACS is the organization that represents cosmetic surgeons in the American Medical Association through its seat in the AMA House of Delegates.

Code of Ethics - Introduction

The Code of Ethics for the Academy has been adopted to promote and maintain fair dealing and professional conduct by all Academy members and its affiliates. Adherence to the Code is required for Academy membership or participation in any Academy sponsored activities, and any violation of the Code may be punishable in accordance with the Academy's disciplinary policies and procedures. The board of trustees shall review and may amend the Code periodically in order to ensure that it is consistent with commonly recognized and accepted principles of fair conduct and professional practices.

The Academy's Code of Ethics shall be interpreted by the Judicial Affairs Council. Any exceptions to the Code shall be made by the Board of Trustees.

Statements of Principles

At all Academy, or Academy sponsored events, the bylaws, codes, rules, regulations and policies of the Academy shall be strictly observed and enforced.

Academy members, and participants in Academy events, shall promote and encourage the highest level of ethics within the industry.

Academy members, and participants in Academy events, shall support all efforts to improve the education and awareness of the practices of cosmetic surgery, and to encourage the research and development of new procedures.

An individual or an individual's organization shall not gain any direct monetary benefit from the promotion of their service or product to the Academy without prior disclosure; with the exception of revenues from educational courses that may, from time to time, be coordinated between the Academy and a member's organization, or within the context of an exhibitor's agreement.

Any violation of this Code of Ethics or any other Academy policies or bylaws will be remanded to the Judicial Affairs Council for review and possible action.

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