Dental Tribune Asia Pacific

Malaysia recognises aesthetics

By Daniel Zimmermann, DTI
February 14, 2008

PETALING JAHA: Members of all medical associations in Malaysia, including the Dental Council and the Association of Craniomaxillofacial Surgeons, have announced to draw up a proposal for the country’s Health Ministry to acknowledge medical and dental practitioners who undertake a new training programme as aesthetic specialists. The ministry is expected to look into the recommendations and set up a training module with a three-year training scheme soon.

Currently, the Ministry and The Academy of Medicine in Malaysia do not recognise aesthetics, though aesthetic procedures are being carried out by doctors and dentists throughout the country.

“All medical professionals have to undergo this new training here or overseas before they can come back and claim to be specialists for aesthetics,” Dr Ismail Merican, Director-General of the Malaysian Health Ministry told the newspaper The Star. He added that with immediate effect, general practitioners who already offer aesthetic procedures to patients in Malaysia are required to give proof of their training and qualifications to the ministry’s medical practice division.

There were cases in the past where the practitioner went for a five-day course and immediately received a certificate, Dr Ismael said. An additional five days awarded him or her a diploma.

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