Members of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) met at the ICC in Birmingham for their annual conference on October 3.
The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) has launched an online psychological support service for people who suffer from various skin conditions.
The Scottish Government has announced new legislation which will regulate all private healthcare services and non-surgical cosmetic interventions.
A survey conducted by the National Rosacea Society has revealed that rosacea patients frequently suffer from other skin conditions, although they don’t tend to aggravate the symptoms of rosacea. Of the 1,141 respondents, 55% reported to have suffered from another skin complaint at some point in their lives. Of those, 32% cited atopic dermatitis (eczema), 31% seborrheic dermatitis, 29% acne and 28% said they had been diagnosed with skin cancer. Psoriasis and actinic keratosis affected 16% and 14% respectively.
Health Education England (HEE) has finalised phase 1 of their report: Review of qualifications required for delivery of non-surgical cosmetic interventions.
Global pharmaceutical company, Allergan, has filed a lawsuit against Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Pershing Square Capital accusing them of inside trading. They claim that Valeant, Pershing Square and its CEO, William Ackman, violated federal security laws, engaged in fraudulent practices and failed to disclose legally required information.
A new organisation, Save Face Ltd, will operate an independent scheme to provide accreditation and regulation to qualified non-invasive cosmetic surgery practitioners. The company aim to offer a competitive edge over less professional counterparts, and act as a platform to acknowledge, promote and reward best practice.
Dr Brian Franks is a Facial Aesthetic clinician, and the Clinical Lead for the MSc in Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
It’s fair to say the industry reaction to the long-awaited government response to the Keogh report, published this morning, has not been wholly enthusiastic. Indeed, individuals and professional bodies have replied with anger and disappointment at what some describe as a “wasted opportunity”. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has condemned the lack of action by the Department of Health despite recommendations resulting from Sir Bruce Keogh's review into cosmetic interventions, claiming that today's announcement reveals that very little regulation is being implemented. The key Keogh recommendations that were, as widely predicted, rejected by the Goverment, are: 1 A compulsory register of cosmetic practitioners, and 2 The recommendation to make dermal fillers prescription only medical devices These two recommendations would have, at a stroke, transformed the non-surgical aesthetics industry, changing who can administer treatments and therefore providing the public with safer treatments. However, there was previously said to be no appetite for this type of regulation by the Government, and this morning’s response has proven this to be true.
Today, the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) welcomes the recommendations from the Department of Health Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions led by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh into regulating the cosmetic industry. Sally Taber, Director of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services and responsible for managing www.TreatmentsYouCanTrust.org.uk says, "The successful implementation of the recommendations on non-surgical procedures to ensure patient safety relies on two things. First, to end bad practice, the new qualification for cosmetic injectables must be underpinned by medical knowledge to ensure these medical treatments are administered safely. Second, it is important that these recommendations are executed swiftly to stop patients falling through the net. IHAS will be happy to utilise its existing framework and established industry guidelines to work constructively with the Government to expedite the process."