Surgeons welcome PIP report and renew call for implant register

06 Jun 2012

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has welcomed the Government’s review into the PIP scandal and agrees with its recommendations that more stringent criteria should be required into monitoring medical devices. The BAAPS has also reiterated its previous calls for a compulsory implant register, mandatory safety audits for all practitioners and mystery shopping-type surveillance. 

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has welcomed the Government’s review into the PIP scandal and agrees with its recommendations that more stringent criteria should be required into monitoring medical devices. The BAAPS has also reiterated its previous calls for a compulsory implant register, mandatory safety audits for all practitioners and mystery shopping-type surveillance. 
According to consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS President-Elect Rajiv Grover, “We welcome the findings of the Government’s review into the PIP scandal, and agree in particular that there should be a better system of reporting for medical devices, with data gathered from a wider set of sources that should be routinely reviewed. For the last few years, the BAAPS has been championing the reinstatement of a compulsory implant register that would monitor not just breast but all types of implant put into the body. The register is part of our regulation proposals put forward earlier this year and would immediately address all the recommendations put forward in this report, as would a mandatory safety audit based on the model that the BAAPS requires of all its members.”
 
According to consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS President Fazel Fatah, “Poor post-marketing surveillance of medical devices lies at the root of the PIP crisis. At the BAAPS we feel there needs to be significantly more stringent monitoring of all medical devices including breast implants and all cosmetic injectables, via compulsory, regular reporting of adverse effects and mystery shopping which are all part of our regulation proposals. This is an opportunity for the Department of Health to get it right, and put the necessary systems and checks in place to avoid a repeat fiasco. Clearly changes are also needed at European level of the CE marking process.”

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