England’s Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry (BCIR) has released its first report to provide information of the uptake on the voluntary register.
The BCIR was launched in October 2016 in response to safety concerns following the high rupture rate of Poly Implant Prosthese (PIP) and the inability to trace those who may be affected.
According to the BCIR, 305 organisations have registered to enter data, of which 275 have done so. Data was submitted to the registry from 109 NHS and 166 independent sector organisations and since the registry opened on 10 October 2016, 20,095 patients have been recorded as having at least one operation.
Following the release of the report, a joint statement was published by the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and The Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) to welcome the news of the first publish report from England’s Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry (BCIR).
The statement states that BAPRAS, BAAPS and ABS have ‘long-championed the need for a registry and are please to sit on the steering committee responsible for the development and running of the BCIR alongside NHS digital’.
The English registry is one of three in Europe and although submission to the registry is not mandatory, BAPRAS, BAAPS and ABS encourage all women receiving implants to consent to the submission of data.