The International Laser License System (ILLiS)



[ What is the International Laser License System (ILLiS) Certification? ]

  • ILLiS is a new standardized international certification for qualified medical and paramedical personnel working in the medical and surgical laser field, which was jointly launched by the World Federation of Societies for Laser Medicine and Surgery (WFSLMS) and the International Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine (ISLSM) in Tokyo in November 2009.

The ILLiS qualification is awarded under six categories as follows:
1) International Medical Laser Specialist (IMeLaS) for qualified medical doctors,
2) International Dental Laser Specialist (IDeLaS) for dental surgeons,
3) International Veterinary Laser Specialist (IVeLaS) for veterinarians,
4) International Laser Nursing Specialist (ILNuS) for qualified laser nurses,
5) International Laser Engineering Specialist (ILES) for qualified laser engineers, and
6) Physicist International Laser Specialist (P-ILaS) for qualified scientists.

  • 1) - 3) of the above categories is offered at 4 grades. The entry level is Grade 4, represented by the prefix C- (e.g., C-IMeLaS, C-IDeLaS, etc.); Grade 3 is represented by the suffix B-; Grade 2 by the suffix A-; and Grade 1 by the suffix I-, where ‘I’ stands for Instructor.


  • 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/Laser 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.

[Applications and Inquiries ]

  • Before filling and sending the application form to the following by E-mail or FAX, please be sure you have read and completely understood the requirements for the ILLiS category and grade for which you are applying. If you have any questions or anything, please contact :

ILLiS Secretariat: E-mail: wfslms@jmll.co.jp / 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

[Cancellation Policy]

  • Notification of cancellation of registration must be sent in writing to the above by E-mail or FAX.

  • The ISLSM Admission Fee, Annual Fee and Life Member Fee are not refundable. Regarding the Medical Laser Safety Training Fee, Hands-on Training Fee, Examination Fee and ILLiS Certification Fee, individuals may be exempt from the payment of their application fees in the future.

  • Name changes are not accepted.

  • Even in the case of late cancellations due to unexpected contingencies, all fees paid are non-refundable.


Regulations of the International Laser License System (ILLiS)


Section 1

GENERAL

Article 1: Purpose of the System
The purpose of the system is to offer an internationally-recognized licensure for all professionals working in any aspect of the field of medical laser.

Article 2: System Governance
The system shall be under the governance of the NPO World Federation of Societies for Laser Medicine and Surgery (NPO WFSLMS), the WFSLMS and the International Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine (ISLSM), under the auspices of the International Academy Laser Medicine and Surgery (IALMS). Control of the system shall be administered from the NPO WFSLMS Business Center, located at the offices of the Japan Medical Laser Laboratory.

Article 3: Qualifications
There shall be two types of qualification, namely the individual qualification for individual professionals, and the institutional qualification for participating institutions.

Article 4: Committees
The system shall be under the control of two types of committee, namely the International Laser License Committee (ILLiC) and the International Laser Safety and Education Committee (ILaSEC).

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).

Section 2

THE INTERNATIONAL LASER LICENCE COMMITTEE (ILLiC)

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).


Section 3

THE INTERNATIONAL LASER SAFETY AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE (ILaSEC)

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.



Section 4

INDIVIDUAL ILLiS CERTIFICATION

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


Item

Grade

ILNuS

ILES

P-ILaS

C B A I

Application form¹

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

License to Practice

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Achievement

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Specialty certification

0

0

0

0

optional

optional

optional

Examination diploma²

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Institutional certification ³

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

International laser congresses attended

1

2

3

5

1

1

5

ISLSM Membership

0 yr (join)

3

7

10

0 yr (join)

0 yr (join)

10


1: Send the application form to ILLiS Secretariat by email:wfslms@jmll.co.jp or fax: +81-3-5269-1410
2: The ILLiS examination diploma is not required for candidates who have already passed their national equivalent certification. However, they must attend the didactic course, but need not attend the hands-on session or the written examination.
3: Written certification from institute director or equivalent
4: Certificates of Attendance required
5: Alternatively, ISLSM Life Membership is acceptable in all cases

Table b: Table of achievements in laser application

Item

Grade

ILNuS

ILES

P-ILaS

C B A I

Years of laser experience

0

3

7

10

2

0

10

Case reports

0

0

10

10

0

0

0

Minimum acquired points*

40

80

200

250

20

20

250


*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

Congresses attended

Congress Attendances

Presentations

Symposium / Workshop etc.

Normal presentation* (1st speaker)

Normal presentation* (2nd or other speaker)

ISLSM

20

25

15

7

WFSLMS

20

25

15

7

WALT

20

25

15

7

IPTA

20

25

15

7

IPA

20

25

15

7

APALMS

20

25

15

7

ELA

20

25

15

7

ESLAS

20

25

15

7

Laser Florence

20

25

15

7

IALSM

20

25

15

7

Didactic and hands-on courses for ILLiS certification

40

-

-

-

Any other laser-related international congress, symposium, etc. (medical, dental, etc.)

15

20

10

5



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

Type of Writing

Author

Coauthor

RP

OP

CR

BC

LE

RP

OP

CR

BC

LE

Laser Therapy (and any other major international peer-reviewed journal)

80

70

60

50

40

40

35

30

25

20

Book chapter

80

-

-

-

-

40

-

-

-

-

Whole book

160

-

-

-

-

80

-

-

-

-

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.

ILLiS Application Form

Prof. (Dr). B. Krishna Rau
No.9 (5) Chandrabagh Avenue
Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004
Tamil Nadu, INDIA
TeleFax: 91 44 28473777, 28473577, 28473804
Email: bkr@vsnl.com