New rules for cosmetic procedures

Ministers in England have announced new measures to improve the safety of cosmetic procedures following recommendations published in the review of the regulation of cosmetic interventions.

Ministers in devolved nations will now decide if they want to introduce any of the measures.

The review concluded there were problems associated with cosmetic interventions and recommendations included strengthening the involvement of clinical professionals in non-surgical interventions, improving training for providers of botulinum toxin or dermal fillers, and improving standards for cosmetic surgery. Some of the measures indicate a need for new legislation to be enacted.

The new measures announced include the following:

  • Making it illegal for untrained people to perform non-surgical procedures.
  • Introduction of a registry of breast implants.
  • The Royal College of Surgeons to set standards for the training and practice of cosmetic surgery.
  • Health Education England to review training for dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections.
  • The consent process to be made more rigorous, to allow patients to fully consider their decision to undergo surgery.
  • Addressing irresponsible advertising.
  • A review of a system of corrective actions if things go wrong with treatment.

DH. Government response to the review of the regulation of cosmetic intervention. Cm 8776. Published February 2014. Available from:

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