Cosmetic associations join forces to ensure patient safety

26 Apr 2016

Prominent aesthetic and cosmetic associations have come together with the aim of improving safety for patients undergoing non-surgical cosmetic interventions.

The five organisations; The British Associations of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN), The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and The British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM), have created two groups with the support of the Department of Health; the Clinical Standards Authority for Non-Surgical Cosmetic Intervention (CSA) and the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP).

The CSA and the JCCP will collaborate to ensure patient safety in the specific area of non-surgical intervention, including dermal fillers, botulinum toxin injections and cosmetic laser therapies.

The bodies will also aim to protect patients by improving and enforcing clinical standards and training, and by maintaining a register of practitioners – tasks they say they have already begun working on.

Interim chair of the JCCP, Professor David Sines CBE, said, “In 2013 the Keogh Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions found that the regulatory framework had not managed to keep up with the growing cosmetic intervention industry. Sections of the non-surgical cosmetic interventions industry remain largely unregulated, however healthcare professionals have made important strides in improving patient safety. The formation of the CSA and the JCCP is an important step forward.”

The organisations are said to undergo their full launch in April 2017.

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