After months of consultation, investigation and review, the final report into the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions in England has now been issued and hit the headlines today.
The full report runs to 67 pages and includes extensive recommendations for regulating the non-surgical treatments market in 3 key areas:
- high quality care with safe products, skilled practitioners and responsible providers;
- an informed and empowered public to ensure people get accurate advice and that the vulnerable are protected;
- accessible redress and resolution in case things go wrong
The review committee, led by NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh and a panel of advisors stated as context for their findings:
“Cosmetic interventions are a booming business in the UK, worth £2.3 billion in 2010, and estimated to rise to £3.6 billion by 2015. They can either be surgical – such as face-lifts, tummy tucks and breast implants – or non-surgical – typically dermal fillers, Botox® or the use of laser or intense pulsed light (IPL).
These latter account for nine out of ten procedures and 75% of the market value.”
Dermal Fillers Regulation
One of the principal recommendations concerns dermal fillers, which currently require no prescription and can be injected with no qualifications or training by non-medical personnel. Dermal fillers are not currently classed as medical devices so patients have no more protection than with purchasing other everyday items.
The review called for:
- dermal fillers to be available on prescription only
- all practitioners should be properly qualified
- a “private health” ombudsman should be appointed to deal with complaints about all private medical care, including cosmetic procedures
- restrictions on advertising
Sir Bruce Keogh said:
“We have heard terrible reports about people who have trusted a cosmetic practitioner to help them but, when things have gone wrong, they have been left high and dry with no help. These people have not had the safety net that those using the NHS have. This needs to change.”
Health minister Dan Poulter said the Government would respond to the recommendations:
“If anything good can come of awful episodes like the PIP scandal, it is that the safety of the procedures that people may choose to undergo has been questioned. It is clear that it is time for the Government to step in to ensure the public are properly protected.
“The independent panel has made some far reaching recommendations – the principles of which I agree with entirely”
Qualified Dermal Fillers, Botox Doctor
It seems likely that regulation will be improved, although it could take time for the recommendations to become law.
In the meantime, the increase in publicity around the risks of injectable treatments is expected by industry sources to encourage patients to seek reputable clinics and qualified doctors.
Quinn Clinics Bristol, London
Quinn Clinics leads the way, setting high clinical standards for all patients. Established in 2006, the clinic is led by Dr John Quinn who as well as medical qualifications, also has additional qualifications in cosmetic and medical skin treatments as well as 8+ years experience. Dr Quinn actually trains other medical professionals in correct use of fillers and botox.
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