Evidence for the inquiry into non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the UK must be submitted to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing (APPG BAW) by July 17.
The inquiry looks to assess the adequacy of the regulatory and legislative structures and training around non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the UK, review the case for registration of practitioners, and consider the media and consumer environment for products. It will review the scope and scale of non-surgical cosmetic treatments including botulinum toxin or similar anti-wrinkle injectables, dermal fillers, polydioxanone (PDO) threads and PDO cogs
The APPG has invited written evidence from the public, organisations, industry bodies and academics. Some aesthetic associations such as the BACN and BCAM have already submitted evidence. Questions to answer relating to the evidence required can be found via the APPG website.
According to the APPG, responses should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each submission should be in Word format and include a contact name, organisation name, and contact email address.
The Group has also been holding oral evidence sessions from individuals who have put themselves forward as witnesses throughout the course of the inquiry, which can be accessed here, with the next session scheduled for September 8. The APPG states that individuals can put themselves forward as a witness by making this known in their written submission.
Co-chairs of the APPG Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP, said, “We are seriously concerned by the complete lack of robust, consistent and enforceable standards for undertaking treatments such as toxin and fillers. To make matters worse, there is no accountability or consequence for malpractice.”
They added, “While the aesthetics industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, the absence of standards leaves practitioners with no support and customers with no guarantee of safety. We look forward to hearing further evidence in our inquiry on what action must be taken to address these issues. The Government has a duty to take action which is long over-due.”
Following the inquiry, the APPG states that it will present a report to Government with recommendations for how to ensure consistent, robust and professional standards are in place.