October 20, 2019. Dubai. Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR), the regulator of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), today announced a general aesthetic medicine license allowing General Practitioners (GPs) with the requisite experience and training to conduct minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures in the free zone.
The license will allow its holder to carry out minimally- and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including but not limited to dermal fillers, chemical peels, cosmetic dermatology treatments, and body contouring and scar management. Previously, these procedures could only be conducted by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, and/or supervised GPs.
Dr. Ramadan AlBlooshi, Chief Regulatory Officer, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, said, "The new license will enable GPs, with the right experience and training, to expand their specialisation, increasing the free zone's specialized expertise and expanding its talent pool. This will enhance patient safety, DHCC's number one priority, as it will ensure that qualified healthcare professionals are performing any cosmetic procedure according to best quality standards."
DHCC licensed GPs wishing to apply for the new license must have successfully completed a recognized aesthetic medicine training program which includes theoretical and practical components and an assessment. They also need to have three years of supervised experience in the field of aesthetic medicine and 200 cases of proven track record. For non-DHCC licensed healthcare professionals, in addition to the above mentioned requirements, they must have a bachelor of medicine from an accredited university and completed at least one year of supervised structured clinical training. Applicants will only be granted the license after they pass a Dubai Healthcare City Authority General Aesthetic Medicine assessment.
The new licensure requirements, will benefit more than 40 DHCC-based hospitals and clinics currently providing general aesthetic medicine services or considering adding these services to the facilities' operating permits.