The ILLiS qualification is awarded under six categories as follows:
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ILLiS Secretariat: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / FAX: +81-3-5269-1410 / TEL: +81-3-5269-1403 Japan Medical Laser Laboratory, Shinsei-Kaikan Bldg. 4F, Shinanomachi 33-2, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0016 JAPAN
Article 1: Purpose of the System
Article 2: System Governance
Article 3: Qualifications
Article 4: Committees
Article 5: The International Laser Specialist
There shall be six types of specialist, namely the International Medical Laser Specialist (IMeLaS), the International Dental Laser Specialist (IDeLaS), the International Veterinary Laser Specialist (IVeLaS), the International Laser Nursing Specialist (ILNuS), the International Laser Engineering Specialist (ILES), and Physicist International Laser Specialist (P-ILaS).
There shall be two types of the subcommittee of the ILLiC, namely the Individual ILLiC and Institutional ILLiC.The ILLiC shall be subdivided into the International Medical Laser License Committee (IMeLLiC), the International Dental Laser License Committee (IDeLLiC), the International Veterinary Laser License Committee (IVeLLiC), the International Laser Nursing License Committee (ILNuLiC) and the International Laser Engineering License Committee (ILELiC).
Article 1: The Remit of the ILaSEC
The remit of the ILaSEC shall be to oversee the organization and execution of the didactic and practical sections which form part of the overall ILLiS training, and the subsequent examination.
Article 2: The Didactic Section
The didactic section shall be designed in such a way as to give candidates a thorough grounding in the relevant photobiological basics, to enable an understanding of light-tissue interaction, and to grasp how to manipulate parameters to achieve specific photoeffects. In addition, theoretical and practical aspects of safety with all light sources used in medicine and surgery shall be taught, with specific attention to the treatment room and research laboratory where applicable. The responsibility of the ILaSEC shall include selection of the lecturers and verification of the adequate standard of the didactic lectures.
Article 3: The Practical Section
The practical section shall incorporate familiarization with the setting up of a variety of photosurgical and phototherapeutic systems; practical safety aspects of each individual system; and hands-on familiarization with manipulation and control of system parameters to achieve the desired range of tissue photoeffects.
Article 4: The Examination
On completion of the course, candidates shall sit a written examination, consisting of a series of multiple choice questions based on the contents of the didactic and hands-on sections. Candidates are required to pass the examination in order to be considered for ILLiS certification. In the case of a fail mark, candidates shall be required to retake the entire course and resit the examination.
Article 5: Exceptions
Note that any ILLiS candidates who have already taken the laser safety examination approved in their country, and passed, need not take either the ILLiS hands-on course or the written examination, but must attend the didactic sessions. If candidates already hold both a Medical Doctor's/Dentist's/ Veterinarian's/Nurse’s/Engineer’s License from their own country or state and a corresponding national or international Laser Specialist License, attendance at the examination and the hands-on training will be waived, but candidates must still attend the didactic sessions. In this case, the submission of certified copies of each license is required when registering for the ILLiS course.
Article 1: Grades of Certification
Individual ILLiS Certification shall be offered under the following grades for International Medical Laser Specialists (IMeLaS), International Dental Laser Specialists (IDeLaS), International Veterinary Laser Specialists (IVeLaS). (In ascending order), C-, B-, A-, and I-: (‘I’ denotes ‘Instructor’) Only one grade can be held at any given time. Candidates for the Instructor grade in each field and for P-ILaS can be recommended by the Executive Committee of NPO WFSLMS, WFSLMS and ISLSM. International Laser Nursing Specialists (ILNuS), International Laser Engineer Specialists (ILES) and Physicist International Laser Specialists (P-ILaS) shall have no grading system. In addition, any individual ILLiS certificate holder who dies while holding valid certification shall be indicated by the suffix (D) after their particular certification.
Article 2: Honorary Certification
Any outstanding contributor to the field shall be offered honorary certification in their specific area of expertise as in Section 4 Article 1 above. In the case of IMeLaS certification, Hon-IMeLaS shall be offered to the past president of any recognized international medical laser congress.
Article 3: P-ILaS
Physicist International Laser Specialists (P-ILaS) shall be entitled to teach any of the didactic courses for ILLiS certification.
Article 4: Mandatory Qualifications and Requirements
The necessary qualifications and requirements in the case of candidates for Individual ILLiS Certification are as set out in the following table.
Table a: ILLiS certification requirements
1: Send the application form to ILLiS Secretariat by email:email@example.com or fax: +81-3-5269-1410
Table b: Table of achievements in laser application
*Please calculate total points from the following tables. Please use the sum of all points acquired in all tables. Note that for Grades A and I, candidates must have published at least 2 case reports in a peer-reviewed international journal.
Table c: Congress Attendance Points
WALT, World Association for Laser Therapy; IPTA, International Phototherapy Association; IPA, International Photodynamic Therapy Association; APALMS, Asian-Pacific Association for Laser Medicine and Surgery; ELA, European Laser Association; ESLAS, European Society for Laser Aesthetic Surgery; IALSM, International Association for Laser and Sports Medicine.
* Includes industrial/commercial presentations
Table d: Written work
RP, Review paper; OP, Original paper; CR, Case report; BC, Brief communication; LE, Letter to the Editor
Article 5: Upgrade Policy
Upgrading from an existing grade to a higher grade will be possible once the appropriate criteria have been fulfilled, including the length of active ISLSM Membership. It will be possible to apply for initial certification at any grade from the 2nd to the 4th grades (A-IMeLaS – C-IMeLaS), but applicants for 1st Grade certification (I-IMeLaS) must first hold an A-IMeLaS (2nd Grade) certification. Notwithstanding the above, if a candidate joins the ISLSM as a Life Member, then the length of ISLSM membership criterion will be deemed to have been satisfied for all grades of IMeLaS certification
Article 6: Certification Renewal
ILLiS certificate holders are required to renew their certification every 5 years until the age of 65, after which renewal is not required. To renew, candidates must satisfy all requirements for their grade as per Table b above, and in addition must attend the full educational and practical courses, but will not be required to sit the examination.