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IQ Welcomes New Rules for Cosmetic Procedures Industry

The government has today announced a range of measures aimed to regulate the cosmetic industry in the wake of the Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions which was carried out by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh early last year.

The response paper, which is currently set to apply only in England as the devolved administrations will make their own decisions, deals primarily with four main issues:

  • Surgical interventions, which are undertaken by highly regulated healthcare professionals
  • Non-surgical interventions, which are currently unregulated
  • Product safety
  • Consumer knowledge and advice

A number of measures have been announced in response to these issues, including a register of those who undergo surgical treatment, a clamp down on irresponsible advertising and the creation of a new body within the Royal College of Surgeons to set and maintain the standards for cosmetic surgery.

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the announcement, however, is the measures that target non-surgical interventions such as Botox treatments and dermal fillers. According to the Government paper, Health Education England (HEE) will review and establish training which will then become mandatory, making it illegal for anyone without that training to perform non-surgical procedures.  This has led a number of parties to claim that the response does not go far enough, with the president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), for example, describing the proposals as ‘appalling’ and ‘an opportunity missed’.

Here at IQ, however, we welcome today’s announcement from the Government and fully support its proposals, which will undoubtedly will serve to raise standards in the industry without the need for the full regulation that some in the medical sector had been calling for.

By committing to develop and implement new training standards and then ensuring that all practitioners have undertaken this training before they can carry out non-surgical procedures, the Government have adopted a common-sense approach which will have an immediate and debilitating effect on the rogue practitioners or ‘cosmetic cowboys’ that are so often featured in the media. Furthermore, they will do so without penalising the vast majority of beauticians and clinicians who currently conduct these procedures safely and without incident.

IQ and its partners in the industry will seek to work closely with HEE as it takes the development of these new standards forwards and has already sought additional views for the current consultation. With the recent acquisition of inspection body cdBAFI (the Cosmetic, Dermal, Botulinum, Aesthetic & Fillers Inspectorate) IQ is actively engaging in ways to raise standards and to drive up quality in the beauty sector. For more information please get in touch.


Feb 13, 2014 04:32 PM
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