ARTICLE XVII: Accredited Surgical Facilities

Section 1. Policy: All Active Members and Candidates for Membership in the United States and Canada who perform plastic surgery under anesthesia, other than minor local anesthesia and/or minimal oral tranquilization, must perform all such plastic surgery in a surgical facility that meets at least one (1) of the following criteria: accredited by a national or state recognized accrediting agency/organization such as the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC), Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (CAAASF) or The Joint Commission (TJC); certified to participate in the Medicare program under Title XVIII; and/or licensed by the state or province in which the facility is located.

Compliance is a requirement of membership, and each member shall annually provide an electronic or original signed compliance form to the Society attesting to his/her compliance.

Compliance may be temporarily waived, upon request, for Active Members and Candidates for Membership who provide evidence that they are making tangible progress towards compliance. Compliance shall be waived for full time officers in the uniformed services, which include, but are not limited to, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Public Health Service and their Canadian Equivalents. Surgery performed on an interim basis outside of the United States and Canada shall not be considered non-compliance.

Section 2. Sanctions: If a member of the Society or Candidate for Membership fails to satisfy the Society’s accredited surgical facilities requirements within ninety (90) days after such statement is due, the Membership Committee shall place the individual on suspension. Such suspension will result in a temporary suspension of member benefits and the loss of the right to hold office, to vote, and to serve on committees. It shall not, however, affect the individual’s obligations to the Society. If non-compliance continues, the Society will drop the member or Candidate for Membership from the Society. The Membership Committee shall reinstate members or Candidates for Membership who comply with the requirements during the period of their suspension with full privileges. Candidates for Membership who are under suspension shall not be considered for election to Active Membership.

Section 3. Reinstatement: After expulsion for one (1) year, a Member or Candidate for Membership may apply to the Trustees for reinstatement of the privileges of being a Member or Candidate for Membership provided the requirements of Section 1 of this Article are met.

Section 4. No Limitation: The provisions of this section are in addition to, and not in lieu of, those Articles of these Bylaws pertaining to discipline.

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