Government moves to introduce licenses to administer Botox and fillers

People providing Botox or fillers would need a license under new government plans to protect patients from botched cosmetic procedures.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has highlighted his commitment to making it a crime to carry out such non-surgical work without a licence, saying ‘far too many people have been emotionally and physically scarred’ when things went wrong .

The Department of Health said an amendment to the Health and Care Bill, due to be tabled on Tuesday, would give the health secretary the power to introduce a licensing regime for such procedures.

The “scope and details” of the regulations will be “determined through thorough engagement, including public consultation,” the ministry said.

The licensing scheme would aim to put in place consistent standards that people performing non-surgical cosmetic procedures must meet, as well as setting health and safety standards for the premises.

Mr Javid said: “While most in the cosmetics industry follow good practice in patient safety, far too many people have been left emotionally and physically scarred after botched cosmetic procedures.

“I am committed to protecting patient safety by making it a crime for anyone to perform these cosmetic procedures without a license.

“We do everything we can to protect patients from potential harm, but I urge anyone considering a cosmetic procedure to take the time to consider the impact on their physical and mental health and to ensure that they use a reputable, safe and qualified physician. practitioner.”

Patient Safety Minister Maria Caulfield said the spread of images online via social media has led to an increase in demand for Botox and fillers and there has been a subsequent increase in the number of people suffering from the consequences of poorly executed procedures.

She said: “Although these can be administered safely, we are seeing an unacceptable increase in the number of people left physically and mentally scarred by poorly performed procedures.

“Today’s amendment is the next step on the road to effective regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England.”

It follows new legislation prohibiting such treatments from being given to people under the age of 18 and prohibiting advertising – including social media, influencer advertising and traditional advertising – for cosmetic procedures that target people in this group. of age.

Details of the public consultation on non-surgical cosmetic procedures are expected to be announced at a later date.

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