The UK Government is looking again at the regulation of the wider cosmetic industry, as part of its response to recent concerns regarding French Poly Implant Prostheses (PiP) implants.
The first step will be a review led by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS Medical Director, and will look at the arrangements for ensuring the safety of people seeking cosmetic interventions such as breast implants and dermal fillers.
The review will look at:
• how the cosmetic sector can improve the quality and safety of care through better governance based on better quality data collection and improved professional development;
• whether cosmetic products and interventions are appropriately regulated; and if not
• how regulation of the sector in the UK and in Europe can be improved.
Lessons also need to be learned from how the regulation of medical devices operates at a European level, and this work is already underway.
In addition, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will conduct a swift review of private clinics that offer cosmetic surgery. They will look at whether they meet essential levels of safety and quality and at the information and support they provide to their patients. Where a provider does not meet these requirements, the CQC has a wide range of enforcement powers that it can use to protect the safety of patients.
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