Rules in medical aesthetics: the College of Physicians formal notice


(Quebec) Two nursing associations have issued a notice to the Quebec College of Physicians (CMQ) requiring it to suspend the application of the new medico-aesthetic care rules, which are due to come into effect on May 1st.

The new rules imposed by the CMQ have the effect of rendering non-applicable the collective orders by which nurses have been able to make injections for aesthetic purposes autonomously for 12 years.

As of May 1, a botox injecting nurse and other fillers will be required to obtain an individual prescription signed by a physician specializing in aesthetic medicine. This can be a dermatologist, a plastic surgeon or a physician with a specific training and recognized in aesthetics.

According to the Quebec Nurses Association (RIIEQ) and the Association of Registered Nurses of Aesthetic Nurses of Quebec (AIISIEQ), there is no justification for these new rules.

“We claim that the College of Physicians oversteps its powers, is assigned a jurisdiction shared with the College of Nurses of Quebec, especially since no complaint was made in 12 years against nurses In a similar way, “said Louise St-Aubin, President of RIIEQ, in a statement Wednesday morning.

The lawsuit could take the form of an application for permanent injunction and declaratory judgment, and be accompanied by a claim for compensation for losses incurred by nurse entrepreneurs, the statement said.

The College of Physicians had not received anything in late afternoon on Wednesday. In an interview with the Sun, the president of the CMQ, Dr. Charles Bernard, explained that the new rules had been adopted after the professional order had noted a “diversion” of collective prescriptions for the benefit of private clinics of aesthetic medicine.

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“Collective orders were made at the outset to improve access. In a number of cases, they are well used and there are benefits, especially for chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Except that it was realized that doctors without any training or experience in aesthetic medicine signed collective orders for the benefit of aesthetic clinics, for business matters, “said Dr. Bernard, adding that a Doctor had recently been sanctioned by the College on this subject and that others would now be “in the sights” of the trustee.

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