Mark your diary now for Conference 2018!

9-11 August 2018

Millennium Hotel


New Zealand 


Industry Exhibtiion Stands available HERE


Delegate Registrations are now open!....REGISTER HERE




New Zealand
9th  - 11th August 2018






Your invitation to join the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine at our annual conference in stunning Queenstown New Zealand 9th -11th August 2018.

This is the only NZ based event that caters specifically for the Cosmetic Medicine practitioner and their staff, attracting delegates from Australia, Asia and the Middle East and Europe.

We are pleased to welcome all New Zealand, Australian and International Medical Doctors, Registered Nurses and Practice Managers. We have a a programme that will interest experienced practitioners or those considering  Cosmetic Medicine. Further information available HERE

Partners and Exhibitors play a key role in enabling us to deliver a successful event. We offer a range of packages that cater to all levels of participation that will enable you to showcase your products, services and portfolios.

Further information available HERE

 In the Media:

'Backstreet' beauty clinics operating in New Zealand

Cosmetic medicine professionals say that unqualified operators are putting the public at risk.

Unqualified people are performing cosmetic procedures and importing unregistered medicines, a professional body for the country's cosmetic medicine practitioners warns.

The New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine is crying foul on the unlicensed operators, and the government regulatory body Medsafe is investigating the importation and use of unregistered medicines and medical devices. 

read more here

In the Media:

Doctors want dermal filler regulated after woman blinded

Dermal fillers are not currently regulated.

Doctors specialising in appearance medicine want the use of dermal fillers regulated, after an Auckland woman was blinded in one eye by a nose procedure gone wrong.

The classification of dermal fillers changed from "medicine" to "medical device" in 2014, meaning that anyone can use them.

"In terms of the type of classification we have for medicines in legislation (ie prescription-only, pharmacy-only under the current Medicines Act 1981), there are currently no similar legal restrictions on who can use medical devices," says Medsafe group manager Chris James.

"In the new Therapeutic Products Bill we are looking at how to ensure appropriate use of these products."

"It's very heartening to see some action," says Dr Raetz. "We saw a problem looming" 

read more here 

Why choose an NZSCM physician for your cosmetic treatment

By choosing a cosmetic medicine physician who is a member of NZSCM the consumer can be confident that they are in safe and competent hands.

NZSCM only endorses products that have been clinically proven safe, effective and fully registered by a regulatory body such as Medsafe, TGA or FDA.

Learn more

Find a cosmetic medicine doctor near you

When considering any procedure you should ensure that you have all the information you to need to be able to make an informed decision. Some information is available here.

If you have any questions you may find the answer here.  

If you have questions or queries please contact us here 

 NZSCM’s Mission statement

To provide a professional environment in which physicians with an interest and/or expertise in Cosmetic Medicine can develop the skills required for the pursuit of excellence in the modalities encompassed by Cosmetic Medicine.

These skills are provided taking into account the holistic nature of the client’s needs, including physical, emotional, psychological and environmental.

For NZ Doctors seeking urgent advice: 

NZSCM Helpline -where you will be put in contact with a senior Member 021 0361793  

Auckland City Hospital Ophthalmological contacts

Eye Clinic
Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm: 09 307 4949 ext 27630

Eye Ward
Saturday-Sunday, Public holidays, and after hours: 09 307 4949 ext 28311

On-call eye registrar (Helpline 09 307 2800).

District Health Boards

List of links to websites for all of New Zealand's district health boards.



Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine

Through the development of best “standards” of practice, NZSCM has developed a rigorous Training Program for aspiring Cosmetic Medicine physicians as well as an audit programme for their recertification and continuing medical education.

If you are NZ registered medical doctor with an interest in cosmetic medicine our Diploma is designed for you. Training is over 2 years and delivered to fit around a busy practice. Training is very practically based so graduates gain solid practical experience. Training is provided by NZ's leading practitioners who keep at the forefront of new techniques. The culture of our course is very collegial. Cosmetic Medicine will add a positive aspect to your practice.

Applications for 2019 enrollment will be called for mid October 2018 and close 30th November 2018.

To record your interest and for informaton please email

Learn more about joining NZSCM

North & South article

Blinded by beauty: The risks of undergoing cosmetic surgery

by Donna-Marie Lever / 12 November, 2017

Full story available here:

Botox, fillers, peels: NZ has tighter rein than UK

UK concerns about public health and safety of non-surgical cosmetic procedures need not be echoed in New Zealand, according to former GP Hans Raetz, president of the NZ Society of Cosmetic Medicine.

It’s not a simple process like buying a toothbrush, UK concerns about public health and safety of non-surgical cosmetic procedures need not be echoed in New Zealand, according to former GP Hans Raetz, president of the NZ Society of Cosmetic Medicine. Industry regulation is tighter in New Zealand than the UK, Dr Raetz says...

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The beginning of AMSA in 1995 was initiated by a small group of Appearance Medicine Practitioners wanting to create a forum for professional discourse and improved patient care. learn more about NZSCM here