Today the Department of Health has published its recommendations on the regulation of cosmetic interventions.
As an Association we welcome the report and are pleased that many of our priorities have been included. We hope they achieve Parliamentary approval and support quickly so that the detailed implementation work can begin, and patients can be sure of high quality care and controlled outcomes at all times.
We are particularly pleased to see:
Use of the GMC Specialist Registers as confirmation that only surgeons on a specialist register should perform cosmetic surgery, working within the scope of their specific specialist register training
Mandated development and use of appropriate outcome measures that will apply to private practice as well as for NHS patients
Mandated development of a breast implant registry with longer term use of tracking by device identifiers
Restrictions on advertising including ban on financial incentives
Recognition of the importance of patient information, understanding and provision of considered consent
We will work closely with the RCS and other statutory bodies on implementation of these recommendations.
To read the full BAPRAS statement click here. To see a full copy of the report, click here.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at tim.goodacre@nds,ox.ac.uk
Chair, Professional Standards Committee