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BACN Statement on Passing of Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill

The BACN is delighted to welcome the passing of the Private Member’s Bill with regard to underage aesthetic treatments on 28th April 2021.

The Bill will come into force later this year and the BACN looks forward to working with the Government and all other stakeholders on the engagement and communications programme to support this important piece of legislation.

The BACN in its newly updated Code of Conduct specifically refers to this legislation and it is a requirement of BACN members that they follow this legislation. Patient safety is at the core of aesthetic nursing and the BACN welcomes action in this area. The BACN has also submitted evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing on a range of other measures it feels could be introduced to offer improved the regulation of aesthetics and patient safety.  

Chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) and Aesthetics Clinical Advisory Board member Sharon Bennett, commented, “Legislation in cosmetic medical practice is long overdue. We have legislation in place to prevent under 18s from having a tattoo or a sunbed session, so it is astonishing that legislation has not been in place for this age group from the use of botulinum toxin and fillers. Children should be prevented access to these treatments to protect them from themselves and social pressures, unscrupulous practitioners and from those without a medical qualification. The Bill is therefore a welcome step and, as Chair of the BACN, I fully support it.”

You can find out more about the Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill here.

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