The Royal College of Surgeons is threatening to file a consumer protection complaint against the Medical Council if it goes ahead with a plan to certify short-term courses for cosmetic surgery. The short-term courses for aesthetic, or cosmetic, surgery are among several under consideration by the council and are seen as an effective way to meet growing demand. The plan, which has in-principle approval, has proceeded without the consent of the college, which is in charge of designing the curriculum for surgical education. The council has asked several professional medical organisations to take part in the drafting of the curriculum.