Royal Belgian Society for Plastic Surgery (RBSPS)
The Royal Belgian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery is the scientific organ of this discipline in Belgium. It incorporates exclusively officially accredited plastic surgeons or trainees, and has of interest:
- to serve as a Belgian referee on good professional practice basis through drafting of advice and recommendations
- to organize the promotion and publication of scientific studies especially through the half-yearly congresses
- to participate together with the Collegium to the training of the candidate specialists and to the continuous training of accredited practising specialists.
The Professional association (GBS-VBS)
- The Professional Association of the Belgian Plastic Surgeons is an emanation of the “Group of Belgian Professional Unions of Medical Specialists” (GBS). Its goal is to defend and coordinate the professional interests of the medical specialists in Belgium. The GBS is an aggregation of professional associations of each medical discipline (one per discipline), among which the one of plastic surgery.
- The main goal of the Professional Association of the Belgian Plastic Surgeons is:
- to officially present plastic surgery to the public authorities (FPS Public Health, RIZIV/INAMI, KCE etc.) and this in collaboration with the Royal Society
- to participate to the design of legal and regulatory frame of the practice of plastic surgery in Belgium, and this in all of its aspects
- to defend, with ethics and honor, qualitative plastic surgery in Belgium
- to help plastic surgeons with their official representations
- The GBS also forms part of the European Union of Medical Specialists: UEMS
Collegium Chirurgicum Plasticum
The Collegium Chirurgicum Plasticum Belgicum (CCP) was founded in 1988 under impulse of Prof Madeleine LEJOUR and Prof Guido MATTON, to establish on a national level, an education for all candidate specialists in Plastic Surgery in Belgium.
The CCP organizes among other things:
- educational meetings on Saturdays, several times a year, on subjects in Plastic Surgery, which are presented by experts in this matter. The candidate specialists are obliged to be present.
- a yearly control of knowledge by a written exam on a national level
- an oral exam at the termination of training. Succeeding to this exam gives the right to the title of “Fellow of the Collegium Chirurgicum Plasticum”, a diploma handed out on the plenary session on one of the two meetings of the Belgian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.
The recognition commissions
- The Dutch and the French speaking Chambers of the Recognition Commission of the Ministry of Well-Being, Public Health Care and Environment are charged with the control of the training of the candidate specialists in Plastic Surgery. They determine the qualitative and quantitative modalities following the legal requirements in this matter that were determined by the Board of Governors.
- They also approve and verify the quality of the training centers where the candidate specialists complete their traineeship.
- The members of the commissions are appointed by a joint committee of academic quarters (universities) and by the professional associations (GBS) and the trade union of doctors.