Due to numerous calls for the government to put some sort of regulation on to the Aesthetic industry there has been a review by a parliamentary group into the industry. The Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing All-Party Parliamentary Group (BAW-APPG) has finally published the findings and recommendations from its inquiry into botox, fillers and similar aesthetic non-surgical cosmetic treatments. This review was put to government last week.

The review is welcomed by all the leading medical aesthetic practioners in the industry because the lack of any regulation for the injection of botox, fillers and other non surgical injectable treatments constantly put the consumer at risk.

The Group made 17 recommendations for Government including:

  • Setting national minimum standards for practitioner training;
  • Mandate practitioners hold a regulated qualification in line with national standards;
  • Legislate to introduce a national licensing framework;
  • Make fillers prescription only;
  • Develop and mandate psychological pre-screening of customers;
  • Extend the ban on U18s receiving botox and fillers to other invasive aesthetic treatments;
  • Place advertising restrictions on dermal fillers and other invasive aesthetic treatments;
  • Require social media platforms to do more to curb misleading ads and posts promoting these treatments.

While the review has to be seen as a step in the right direction, it remains to be a review and the government are not required to act on it within any specific time frame.

We are hopeful that the main regulatory point on the report will be enforced but unfortunately it is still completely legal for any lay person to inject a filler into a consumer with no experience of how to deal with the possible complications.

We will continue to push government to enforce a nationwide regulator for all aesthetic injectors at a minimum, and that all aesthetic practioners should me medicaly qualified.The reasons for this to become law is because of first and foremost public safety. our reccomendations for govenment are that :

1. Aesthetic treatments are medical treatments, the devices used for these procedures are medical and the consumer is a patient. They are not beauty treatments.

2. Medics are accountable to their statutory body (GMC, NMC, GDC). Each of these bodies issue their own regulation, ethical guidance, and frameworks – which is designed to protect patients.

3. As members of a regulatory body, medics will have annual appraisals and show evidence of CPD.

4. Medics are  protective of their professional status and being ‘struck off’ would be damaging and embarrassing for them, and could cost them their whole career. it has grave consequences.

5. Patients can raise complaints with the statutory bodies and report medical professionals for incompetency and complications.

6. Non-medics/lay practitioners are not accountable to any statutory body and thus there are zero consequences or avenues for recourse for patients.

7. Medics are experienced and trained in the anatomy and physiology of the human body.

8. Medics are experienced and trained in treating complications and issuing emergency care.

9. Medics have a duty of care for their patients, they will ensure they manage complications and seek assistance from colleagues if required. Lay practitioners can refuse to handle a complication, and the patient is forced to seek the help of either the NHS or a medic.

These are just some of the points that we believe warrant a change in legislation. Hopefully change is coming but in the meantime we will continue to push the agenda of the importance of medicalisation, standardisation, and regulation in the industry. we are members of the following  voluntary registers JCCP, BACN and BCAM. We are all medically qualified and registered with either the NMC, GDC or GMC.

We do completely recognise that there  are some very able, well-trained, moral, ethical, and good practitioners, who are not medically qualified. And there will be some unskilled medically qualified aesthetic practioners. But the well trained non medic practioners are few and far between, and there is literally no comeback on these practioners if they cause a medical injury. Naturally, there is concern that this cohort will be significantly impacted by any regulation which makes it illegal for non-medics to practice non-surgical aesthetics. Nobody wants to take away from anyone’s income but these reviews are about patient safety and professional responsibly. In regulating the industry we are keeping the pubic safe and removing the stigma of aesthetic treatments so all patients men and woman can make informed choices about the treatments they receive in the knowledge that they are safe and protected.

There is a long road ahead but we’ll keep pushing the agenda, we’ll keep fighting to keep patients safe. 

THE FULL REPORT CAN BE ACCESSED HERE

Thanks for reading xx