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ASPS/PSF Policy Repository


ASPS/PSF Policy Repository

Staff and physician leadership reviewed approximately 200 ASPS and The PSF policies that had been developed over time to ensure they continue to remain relevant. Those that did not were either sunset or were updated to reflect current business practices. The end result is this policy repository which is provided to Society members as a resource.

For ease of use, the Policy Repository is divided into business lines and program areas. Expanding the business line/program area below will reveal those policies that fall under that category, along with a brief explanation of the purpose of the policy. Please note that you will need to log in to access the policy.

The "Policy on Policies" defines the process and expectations for the creation, approval and maintenance of Policies, Procedures, Guidelines and Guidance documents across ASPS/PSF, and the authoritative impact of each. To ensure the policy repository remains up-to-date, each policy, procedure, guideline and guidance document will be reviewed every three years and each clinical guideline will be reviewed every five years for relevance, with the repository updated as appropriate. New policies will be added to the repository as they are approved by the ASPS or PSF Board of Directors.

Please direct questions about the policy repository to governance@plasticsurgery.org.

Bylaws of Plastic Surgery Practice Solutions
BUS-2014-94

Bylaws of Plastic Surgery Practice Solutions

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Mailing Lists and Email Rental Policy
COM-2021-42

This policy briefly outlines the requirements for licensing member mailing lists to third-parties.

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Social Media Takeover Policy
COM-2021-43

This policy briefly outlines the etiquette, expectations and requirements for members and programs who request access to ASPS/PSF social media platforms for special purposes (aka "Takeovers").

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Plastic Surgery The Meeting Guidelines for Media Credentials & Use of the Press Room
COM-2021-50

This policy identifies criteria to qualify for media credentials to cover PSTM and rules for members of the media covering PSTM.

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Acceptance of Corporate Funding for ASPS and/or The PSF Programs/Initiatives
DEV-1988-4

This policy briefly outlines criteria for the acceptance of corporate funding for American Society of Plastic Surgeons ("ASPS") and/or The Plastic Surgery Foundation ("PSF") programs/initiatives ("activities").

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ASPS/PSF Continuing Medical Education Statement
EDU-1997-51

Guidance regarding the Society's role in providing continuing medical education.

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Criteria for Endorsing Outside Organizations' Plastic Surgery Education Programs
EDU-2011-5

This policy briefly outlines the endorsements from organizations both within the United States and abroad that offer plastic surgery education.

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ASPS CME Activity Conflict of Interest Policy
EDU-2018-71

This policy outlines conflict of interest standard requirements for all continuing medical education which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

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Exhibit Terms and Conditions & Exhibitor Insurance and Liability Addendum
EDU-2019-52

This policy provides the terms and conditions of that are part of the exhibit space application process for exhibitors participating in American Society of Plastic Surgeons exhibit opportunities.

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ASPS/PSF Education Related to Gluteal Fat Grafting
EDU-2020-53

This policy briefly outlines the requirements related to education by the Society on gluteal fat grafting.

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ASPS CME Activity Conflict of Interest Mitigation Policy
EDU-2022-97

This policy outlines conflict of interest mitigation requirements for all continuing medical education which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

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ASPS/PSF Reporting Violations of ASPS Financial Management Rules Policy
FIN-2003-8

This policy briefly outlines the ASPS/PSF responsibilities and procedure when reporting a violation of ASPS management rules.

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ASPS/PSF Audit Committee Policy
FIN-2003-54

This policy briefly outlines the ASPS/PSF Audit Committee composition and responsibilities.

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ASPS/PSF Reserve Policy
FIN-2005-9

This policy briefly outlines the ASPS/PSF Reserve Policy.

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Contract Approval and Signatory Authority Policy
FIN-2011-10

This policy defines the ASPS policy for contracting for goods and services on behalf of the organization and the formal approval and signatory authority.

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ASPS Volunteer Travel Reimbursement Policy
FIN-2018-6

This policy defines procedures and processes for members traveling on behalf of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF), Plastic Surgery Practice Solutions (PSPS) and/or any Affiliate of ASPS.

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Domain Name Purchases for ASPS Website
FIN-2021-11

This policy defines ownership of the ASPS domain name purchase process, and identifies the location of the Internet Domains & Certificates Owned by ASPS list.

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Criteria and Recipients – ASPS Honorary Citation
GOV-1945-22

This policy describes the criteria for selecting recipients of the award named above. It is updated annually to identify the name of the recipient as nominated by the ASPS President and ratified by the ASPS Trustees.

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Criteria and Recipients – ASPS President's Award
GOV-1945-22

This policy describes the criteria for selecting recipients of the award named above. It is updated annually to identify the name of the recipient as nominated by the ASPS President and ratified by the ASPS Trustees.

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Criteria and Recipients – ASPS Special Achievement Award
GOV-1976-24

This policy describes the criteria for selecting recipients of the award named above. It is updated annually to identify the name of the recipient as selected by the ASPS Trustees.

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Criteria and Recipients – PSF Distinguished Service Award
GOV-1984-27

This policy describes the criteria for selecting recipients of the award named above. It is updated annually to identify the name of the recipient as nominated by the PSF President and ratified by the ASPS Trustees.

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Expert Witness Affirmation
GOV-2003-31

This affirmation is consistent with the Society's Code of Ethics and is intended for use by ASPS members who participate as an expert witness. Members signing this statement agree to uphold certain professional principles in providing expert testimony.

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Accreditation Work Group Charter and Procedures
GOV-2014-57

This policy briefly outlines the composition of the Accreditation Work Group, the criteria for requesting an accreditation waiver and the steps involved for submitting it for approval.

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Criteria and Recipients – PSF Distinguished Career Researcher Award
GOV-2015-26

This policy describes the criteria for selecting recipients of the award named above. It is updated annually to identify the name of the recipient as nominated by the PSF President and ratified by the ASPS Trustees.

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CMSS Code for Interactions with Companies
GOV-2015-55

The ASPS /PSF Board of Directors adopted the CMSS Code for Interactions with Companies ("CMSS Code") in June 2015 and updated it to reflect that key society leaders have one year after election or appointment to terminate any Direct Financial Relationships. This document is incorporated into the Society's COI Governing Documents as Appendix B. Further, certain provisions of this document are reflected in the COI Governing document.

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ASPS Conflict of Interest Governing Documents
GOV-2015-56

The ASPS /PSF Board of Directors adopted the Conflict of Interest Governing Documents in June 2015. It is modeled after the AMA Conflict of Interest Principles. This document is the foundation of the COI Governing Documents as developed by the 2014 COI Task Force, which includes the following appendices: A. Policy on Conflicts of Interest B. CMSS Code for Interactions with Companies C. ASPS/PSF Board Policy on Corporate Opportunities D. ASPS/PSF Code of Conduct for Board Members This is NOT the consolidated document.

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Policy on Conflicts of Interest
GOV-2015-68

This policy describes volunteer leaders' responsibilities to ensure that decisions made during board and committee meetings are made free from bias.

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Guideline for Committee Appointments
GOV-2017-21

This policy describes the process for committee leader and member selection and approval.

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Code of Ethics of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
GOV-2017-93

The ASPS Code of Ethics provide a framework of expectations with respect to ethical conduct of Society members.

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Candidate Conduct Policy
GOV-2018-12

This policy provides guidelines that candidates seeking elective office with ASPS should follow as they relate to campaigning, lobbying and solicitation.

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Governance Committee Structure and Responsibilities
GOV-2018-13

This document, initially developed by the 2018 Governance Task Force, defines the Governance Committee's structure and responsibilities.

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ASPS/PSF Nominating Committee Nominations and Appointment Policy
GOV-2018-14

This policy briefly describes the Nominating Committee's responsibility but primarily describes how appointments to external organizations such as ABPS or ACS are made.

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Policy on Officer Onboarding and Performance Management
GOV-2018-15

This document describes efforts to ensure successful onboarding of new officers to the ASPS/PSF Executive Committee or Board of Directors.

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ASPS/PSF Nominating Committee Standard Operating Procedures
GOV-2018-17

This policy defines the process to elect members of the Nominating Committee and procedures for the Nominating Committee to conduct its work of slating elected leaders for the member vote. Resources include appendices related to the various stages of the nominations process.

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Bylaws of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Political Action Committee (PlastyPAC)
GOV-2020-16

These are the PlastyPAC Bylaws which establish the framework through which PlastyPAC functions and operations are carried out.

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Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund Governing Documents
GOV-2020-18

This document establishes and sets forth the purposes, fundraising, distribution and other operational aspects of the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund to be operated as a segregated and restricted fund of the Foundation.

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Bylaws of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
GOV-2020-19

These are the Society Bylaws which establish the framework through which Society functions and operations are carried out.

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Bylaws of The Plastic Surgery Foundation
GOV-2020-20

These are the Foundation Bylaws which establish the framework through which Foundation functions and operations are carried out.

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Criteria and Recipients – ASPS/PSF Level 5 Leader Award
GOV-2020-25

This policy describes the criteria for selecting recipients of the award named above. It is updated annually to identify the name of the recipient as nominated by the ASPS and PSF Presidents and ratified by the ASPS Trustees.

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Disciplinary Procedural Rules of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
GOV-2020-32

These are the rules governing the Society's disciplinary procedures related to violations of the Society's Code of Ethics, Bylaws or other rules.

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ASPS/PSF Board Policy on Corporate Opportunities
GOV-2021-28

This policy describes the responsibility of members of the ASPS/PSF Board of Directors when it comes to corporate opportunities.

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ASPS/PSF Code of Conduct for Board Members
GOV-2021-29

This policy outlines the expected conduct of ASPS and PSF Board members.

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National Endowment for Plastic Surgery
GOV-2021-30

This policy briefly outlines the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery responsibilities and guides the appointment of the Council of Advisers.

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International Subcommittee Governing Document
GOV-2021-58

This policy outlines the structure, travel considerations and term limits for members of the International Subcommittee.

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Policy on the Development, Approval and Maintenance of Policies, Procedures, Guidelines, Clinical Guidelines and Guidance Documents of ASPS/PSF (aka Policy on Policies)
GOV-2021-59

This policy defines the process and expectations for the creation, approval and maintenance of Policies, Procedures, Guidelines and Guidance documents across ASPS/PSF, and the authoritative impact of each.

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ASPS President Position Description
GOV-2021-73

This document describes the ASPS President's duties and responsibilities.

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PSF President Position Description
GOV-2021-74

This document describes the PSF President's duties and responsibilities.

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ASPS President-Elect Position Description
GOV-2021-75

This document describes the ASPS President-Elect's duties and responsibilities.

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PSF President-Elect Position Description
GOV-2021-76

This document describes the PSF President-Elect's duties and responsibilities.

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ASPS Immediate Past President Position Description
GOV-2021-77

This document describes the ASPS Immediate Past President's duties and responsibilities.

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PSF Immediate Past President Position Description
GOV-2021-78

This document describes the PSF Immediate Past President's duties and responsibilities.

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ASPS/PSF Board Vice President of Academic Affairs Position Description
GOV-2021-79

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of the Board Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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ASPS/PSF Board Vice President of Development Position Description
GOV-2021-80

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of the Board Vice President of Development.

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ASPS/PSF Board Vice President of Education Position Description
GOV-2021-81

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of the Board Vice President of Education.

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ASPS/PSF Board Vice President of Finance and Treasurer Position Description
GOV-2021-82

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of the Board Vice President of Finance and Treasurer.

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ASPS/PSF Board Vice President of Health Policy and Advocacy Position Description
GOV-2021-83

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of the Board Vice President of Health Policy and Advocacy.

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ASPS/PSF Board Vice President of Membership Position Description
GOV-2021-84

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of the Board Vice President of Membership.

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ASPS/PSF Board Vice President of Research Position Description
GOV-2021-85

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of the Board Vice President of Research.

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ASPS/PSF Board Member Position Description
GOV-2021-86

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of the ASPS/PSF Board member.

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ASPS Trustees Position Description
GOV-2021-87

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of members of the Trustees.

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ASPS/PSF Conflict of Interest Committee Position Description
GOV-2021-88

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of members of the Conflict of Interest Committee.

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ASPS Ethics Committee Position Description
GOV-2021-89

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of members of the Ethics Committee. The vacancy chart is periodically updated to reflect the next vacancy.

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ASPS Judicial Council Position Description
GOV-2021-90

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of members of the Judicial Council.

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Audit Committee Position Description
GOV-2021-91

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of members of the Audit Committee.

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ASPS Nominating Committee Position Description
GOV-2021-92

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of members of the Nominating Committee.

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ASPS Insurance Coverage Criteria Policy on Blepharoplasty for Third Party Payers
HEA-2020-33

This policy provides information on blepharoplasty and why this procedure should be covered by payers.

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Telehealth and Plastic Surgery
HEA-2020-34

This policy provides and overview of telehealth and how it applied to the field of plastic surgery.

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ASPS Statement on COVID-19: Considerations for the Resumption of Elective Surgery and Visits
HEA-2020-36

This statement provides information to members on best practices during the current public health pandemic.

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Guidance concerning FDA Reported Adverse Events in Patients with Dermal Fillers Receiving the SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccine
HEA-2021-35

Emerging Issues/Guidance on COVID-19 vaccination's impact on patients with dermal fillers.

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The Symbol of Excellence in Plastic Surgery: Guidelines for Symbol Usage
MEM-2011-62

These guidelines explain the requirements and prohibitions associated with the use of the Symbol by Members.

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Candidate Member Investigations by the Membership Compliance Subcommittee
MEM-2021-61

This policy outlines the steps that need to be taken when receiving a complaint regarding a current Candidate Member.

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Selection of Guest Region Societies for PSTM
MEM-2021-63

This policy briefly outlines background and process for selecting the guest region to be featured at PSTM each year.

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Guidelines for Pediatric Perioperative Care During Short-Term Plastic Reconstructive Surgical Projects in Low-Middle Income Countries
MEM-2021-70

This policy updates the previous "VIPS Guidelines for the Care of Children in the Less Developed World" and was adopted by the VIPS Committee in 2019.

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Editorial Guidelines – News Publications
PUB-2003-65

This policy outlines editorial standards for all ASPS news publications.

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Journal Supplements
PUB-2014-67

This policy outlines editorial standards and COI considerations for all industry-sponsored journal supplements.

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Official Organ Criteria
PUB-2018-66

This policy outlines criteria for organizations to name PRS or PRS Global Open its official organ.

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Advertising Policy
PUB-2021-64

This policy outlines standards and requirements for advertising in ASPS publications, websites and other media – updated/clarified to account for evolution of online advertising.

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Guidelines for Production and Distribution of Press Releases on ASPS Journal Articles
PUB-2021-69

This policy briefly outlines the guidelines for preparing and distributing press releases that promote articles in ASPS scientific journals.

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AAN Guideline-Botulinum Neurotoxin for the Treatment of Blethrospasm, Cervical Dystonia & Headache (external guideline endorsed by ASPS)
QUA-2016-37

Endorsed external guideline on recommendations for Botox administration for headache.

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AAO-HNS Guideline-Clinical Practice Guideline: Improving Nasal Form and Function after Rhinoplasty (external guideline endorsed by ASPS)
QUA-2016-38

Endorsed external guideline on recommendations for rhinoplasty form and function.

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Evidence-Based Performance Measures: Quality Metrics for the Care of Patients Undergoing Breast Reconstruction
QUA-2016-41

Performance measures developed by ASPS with other societies.

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Evidence-Based Performance Measures for Autologous Breast Reconstruction: An American Society of Plastic Surgeons Quality Performance Measure Set
QUA-2017-39

Performance measures developed by ASPS with other societies.

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Evidence-Based Performance Measures for Rhinoplasty: A Multidisciplinary Performance Measure Set
QUA-2018-40

Performance measures developed by ASPS with other societies.

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