New GMC Guidelines to Protect Cosmetic Surgery Clients
Industry Qualifications (IQ) welcomes the recent announcement by the General Medical Council, concerning new standards for doctors carrying out cosmetic procedures. IQ, who contributed to both the Keogh Review and Health Education England Report, supports the increasing focus on the needs for knowledge and skills to be assessed within a defined framework. Whilst regulation of the industry would be preferable, the implementation of safeguarding measures and provide patients with the information required to make an informed choice are beneficial.
The Health Education England guidelines and indeed the work of the GMC in relation to the medical sector, are important steps to improving patient safety. However, in addition to the independent assessment of skills and knowledge, consideration should also be given to whether operating procedures are safe and subject to sufficient medical control.
IQ has been concerned that the two competing sectors do not support contentions from either side concerning safety and capability and there is an absence of any significant data on accident rates to support either argument.
IQ works with a number of centres to offer customised qualifications within the beauty sector, actively working with our customers to implement HEE guidelines.
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