BACN Response following APPG Report

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BACN Reponse after APPG publishes report on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing

The BACN provided a considerable response and evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) enquiry into Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing and regards the publication of the final report today as the first stage in a process to convince the Government to take strong action to regulate this sector.

The report cites the BACN view that botulinum toxin, dermal fillers and PDO cogs and threads should be restricted to registered medical practitioners, in part due to the risk of complications which require urgent medical attention.

BACN argued that the process of care required and understanding the risks associated with underlying medical conditions can only be appropriately achieved by having a medical or nursing qualification, and cannot be taught in any vocational course.

The BACN notes that this recommendation has not been accepted by the APPG and urges the Government to reconsider this option.

The BACN notes that the APPG recommends that legal definitions of what constitutes a medical-related service should be defined in law. The BACN reiterates its position that aesthetic procedures, regardless of their need or the outcome, are medical procedures from consultation to delivery and post treatment management.

The BACN does support many of the recommendations in the report. In particular:

• Setting national minimum standards for training and the need for recognised qualifications in order to practice

• On site medical oversight for aesthetic non-surgical cosmetic treatments using Prescription Only Medicines

• Dermal fillers classified as a Prescription Only Devices (they are not medicines)

• The requirement for ‘adequate and robust insurance cover’

• Greater focus on the use of social media and advertising platforms and a national framework for collecting data on the sector

The proposals for a national licensing system to ‘govern the oversight of advanced aesthetic non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as botulinum toxin, dermal fillers, PDO cogs and threads’ is welcomed in principle but the BACN recognises that this is a complex proposal as evidenced by experience elsewhere in the UK.

BACN Chair, Sharon Bennett said,

“The BACN will contribute to enter into further discussions with government and stakeholders as required and seek to hasten the initiation of some of these recommendations whilst continuing to make the case that invasive procedures such botulinum toxin, dermal fillers and PDO cogs and threads should be restricted to registered medical practitioners”.

To contact Sharon Bennett please do so at:

chair@bacn.org.uk

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