The British Medical Laser Association (BMLA) will introduce ‘Essential Standards’ for the safe use of laser and light sources in non-surgical aesthetic applications at its annual conference later this month.
In 2010 laser and IPL treatments for cosmetic applications were deregulated in England, with only healthcare professionals who treat disease, disorder or injury required to register with the Care Quality Commission. According to the association, there is a need for new standards to improve patient safety due to the increasing number of laser and IPL clinics.
The BLMA has since developed a set of standards for the use of non-surgical aesthetic application of laser and IPL, which covers the three key aspects: treatment delivery procedure, operator proficiency and the treatment environment/equipment.
“The BMLA is a unique organisation bringing together medical experts and leading scientific researchers. As such, there is no better organisation to adopt and maintain these standards for the benefit of the entire sector,” said Jon Exley, honorary secretary of the BMLA.
He added, “Responsible providers will now have the BMLA Essential Standards as their reference to delivering safe treatments. These Standards are already being adopted by some local authorities and are helping inform the work currently being undertaken by the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP). The BMLA anticipates that the Essential Standards will set the benchmark for any organisation seeking to deliver best practice.”
The BMLA hopes the introduction of the Essential Standards will play a major role in the current developments in the industry towards voluntary regulation. Exley said, “Whilst there are many who would hope for regulation from Government, in the current circumstances, the industry must work together to improve standards and the BMLA Essential Standards are a huge step forward in achieving this.”
The BMLA Essential Standards will be formally launched at the association’s 35th annual conference, which will take place on May 17-19 in Manchester.