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Looking for a cosmetic laser clinic in Wales? Here’s what you need to know

Looking for a cosmetic laser clinic in Wales? Here’s what you need to know

Knowing how to safely choose a provider of cosmetic laser treatments, such as hair or tattoo removal, can be a tricky task – but if you live in Wales, then the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales have made it a lot easier to protect yourself from unscrupulous cowboys.

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 8: The Black Code

Having “Followed the Colour Code” to the end with Initial Medical, we take a look at the final colour in the coding system - black.

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 7: The Purple Code

We continue to “Follow the Colour Code” with blogs from Initial Medical, this time looking at purple...

Department of Health launches consultation on expanding Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings for cosmetic surgery clinics and independent healthcare providers

The Department of Health has launched a consultation on proposals to extend the types of provider registered with Care Quality Commission (CQC) that they are able to rate following inspection.

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 6: The Tiger Code

Following Initial Medical’s “Follow the Colour Code” blog series on clinical waste management, we consider the meaning of tiger…

Treatments You Can Trust (TYCT) gets Professional Standards Authority accreditation

Treatments You Can Trust (TYCT) is delighted to announce its successful accreditation with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 5: The Red Code

Next in Initial Medical’s “Follow the Colour Code” blog series on clinical waste management, we’re seeing red…

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 4: The Yellow Code

As part of Initial Medical’s ‘Follow the Colour Code’ blogs on clinical waste management, here we look at yellow…

Cosmetic surgery is the increasingly popular choice, but do patients and surgeons agree on the best results?

Cosmetic surgery continues to be an increasingly popular choice for people in the UK keen to improve their looks and appearance, but, as specialists in handling compensation claims relating to cosmetic surgery, our team at Hudgell Solicitors would urge caution before choosing any form of surgery, as it can be life-changing and some procedures can be irreversible.

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 3: The White Code

Next in Initial Medical’s ‘Follow the Colour Code’ clinical waste blog series, it’s important to be whiter than white…

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 2: The Blue Code

Continuing Initial Medical’s series of ‘Follow the Colour Code’ blogs discussing safe and effective waste segregation management and disposal, we consider the colour blue…

Save FACE gets Professional Standards Authority accreditation

Save Face is delighted to announce its successful accreditation with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

Do you know the Clinical Waste Code? Part 1: The Orange Code

Initial Medical brings you a series of blogs as part of its ‘Follow the Colour Code’ campaign’ discussing the colour coding system for waste segregation management and disposal. To kick off, here we look at orange…

GMC Urges Cosmetic Procedure Patients to Question Doctors

People thinking of having a cosmetic procedure are being urged to question their doctors before going ahead with treatment, in new advice issued on 1st June by the General Medical Council (GMC).

What patients can expect from any pre-treatment consultation with a medical practitioner

I am a firm believer in the idea that all non-surgical cosmetic procedures should include a one-to-one consultation between the patient and their Aesthetic Practitioner, prior to the day of the procedure.

GMC Issues New Guidance for Doctors Carrying Out Cosmetic Interventions – Industry Responds

Doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures anywhere in the UK are being issued with new guidance by the General Medical Council (GMC) to make sure they provide the best possible care for patients. 

Should Save Face regulate the aesthetics profession?

It is difficult to be neutral about Save Face. Some are glad that there is a voice that is fighting to protect both the public and trained aesthetic professionals from the untrained `cowboy` injectors, while other are incensed that a private, for-profit company not owned or run by doctors should set itself up as a self-made regulator to `accredit` practices.

Experts Slam Self Injecting Vloggers that are Causing Public Harm and Damage

The  Safety in Beauty Campaign is aware of a number of complaints being brought forward by members of the public self-injecting dermal fillers and botulinum toxin after watching You Tube Beauty Vloggers and self professed “experts’ publish on line video tutorials.

BACN Responds to report in The Times about patients being at risk over Botox Jabs

The Times newspaper published an article entitled - Patient put at risk over Botox jabs - following an investigation into industry practices.?The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses responded to this report with the following statement.

Why is accuracy in documenting patients' record so essential?

Patient documentation is not only a legal requirement, but forms part of good practice and the process of keeping patients safe. Although both the medical and nursing professions have guidance in patient documentation, in practice medical notes are often imprecise and incomplete.

Do private healthcare patients read the small print? They should do.

Who is liable if the surgery is negligently performed or if the doctor makes a wrong diagnosis? Is the provider - the cosmetic surgery clinic liable for the negligence of the surgeon? Or is its function and responsibility limited to introducing the patient to a surgeon, such that the surgeon is personally liable for his or her negligence and no-one else?

The safety of cosmetic procedures comes first say GMC proposals

With new draft guidance hot off the press from the General Medical Council (GMC) the safety of cosmetic surgery procedures is once again the subject of much public debate. Recommending more openness and pre-treatment consideration time, this latest set of proposals looks set to further transform the cosmetic surgery industry across the UK.

Examples of poor medical care and medical negligence claims

Medical negligence claims have risen over the years. There are many different reasons for making a claim, but some cases are more surprising ? even shocking ? than others.

The dangers of not researching your cosmetic surgeon and what questions you should be asking before surgery

Cosmetic surgery, botched up bodies, review, surgeon, qualifications, rogue operators, cosmetic surgery abroad, cheap, questions to ask

Top tips for choosing a cosmetic practitioner & treatment

It may be useful when considering cosmetic treatments to follow the following basic guidelines.

How to choose a laser clinic in our current unregulated market.

Deciding you would like to have a cosmetic procedure done is the easy part. After all, most of us are quite clear and confident as to what we would change if only we had a magic wand. But how confident would you be at choosing a cosmetic clinic?

Podcast: Save Face Self-Regulation & Accreditation - Debunking the myths and preconceptions

In this Podcast, Consulting Room Editor Lorna Jackson talks to Emma Davies, Medical Director at Save Face, the newly launched self-regulatory accreditation scheme for non-surgical cosmetic treatment providers.

The Save Face Register Goes Live

The Save Face register will go live online on 26 September at www.saveface.co.uk , featuring a database of practitioners from every corner of the UK, who have been thoroughly checked and visited to ensure they are fit to practice and administer treatments.

Some Medical Aesthetic Clinics Offering Botulinum Toxin for Hyperhidrosis are Flouting CQC Registration Requirements

Unlike the use of Botox, and other BoNTA brands including Dysport, Azzalure, Bocouture and Xeomin for cosmetic facial wrinkle reduction, which is largely unregulated (aside from some self-regulated accreditation schemes), the use of botulinum toxins for treating hyperhidrosis is subject to statutory regulation.

Help! My Plastic Surgery has Gone Wrong, What Can I do?

So, would you know what to do if your surgery went badly wrong? In the first instance, you should make a complaint direct to the surgeon or clinic who treated you. However, if you are unable to get a resolution, such as a satisfactory corrective procedure, then you may wish to seek redress in the form of a medical negligence claim.

Rise of Teenage Botox

The rise of teenagers demanding anti wrinkle injections should worry everyone in the industry. Some clinics in the UK are reporting parents accompanying their teenage children to the clinic in the mistaken belief that they can provide consent for their child.

Save Face launches to clean up non-surgical cosmetic treatment industry

Save Face Ltd will operate as an independent and impartial scheme to provide accreditation and regulation to those offering non-surgical cosmetic practice.

Call for injectable cosmetic fillers to be banned from public exhibitions

Many beauty shows across the UK are guilty of offering members of the public injectable cosmetic fillers. In a bid to put a halt to this unethical practice, the Safety In Beauty Campaign is pledging to spearhead a ban on the practice at as many beauty shows possible around the UK.

GDC Continue to Crack Down on Illegal Tooth Whitening Practices

The General Dental Council (GDC), the UK regulator body for the dental profession, who legally require dentists and other dental care professionals, such as hygienists, therapists and nurses, to be registered with them in order to practice has again been cracking down on illegal tooth whitening operations.

Teeth Whitening - Is it safe?

Teeth whitening can be a very controversial subject, especially as in 2012, the UK law changed to make it illegal for: `Anyone other than a dentist to give treatment, advice or attendance that would normally be given by a dentist.` This includes teeth whitening treatments.

Safety in the Beauty Industry - Cowboys and Outlaws - Time to put away the six guns?

The current round of concern and outpouring about `cosmetic cowboys` in the unregulated surgical and non-surgical cosmetics industries first started after the PIP scandal in 2012, and after two years of media outrage and government reviews has amounted to very little. The Department of Health`s response to the report by Sir Bruce Keogh, a review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions in England, clearly shows that there is, indeed, very little appetite for change. What there is, though, is a hunger for practitioner certified training and public education

RCN drops indemnity cover for aesthetic practice from this Summer

At the beginning of February 2014, the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) announced some changes to their medical indemnity scheme for both employed and self-employed nurses which will take effect from 1st July 2014.

Department of Health Responds to Keogh Review on Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions But Many Find it Lacking

Today saw the long awaited response by the Department of Health to the Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions in England, published by NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh and his team back in April 2013. The government was keen to thank Sir Bruce and noted that it agreed with the overwhelming majority of the review?s findings and recommendations. However, sentiment of solid action is sadly lacking from the points made within the response.

Cosmedic Coach launches campaign for #safetyinbeauty industry

Beauty writer and personal coach Antonia Mariconda, also known as the Cosmedic Coach launched a campaign for safer practices in the beauty industry. The campaign, safety in beauty, aims to expose unsafe practices and keep the public informed.

National Institute of Aesthetic Research (NIAR) is Launched, Will Look at Breast Implant Safety First

At its Annual Scientific Meeting, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) announced the official launch of the Government-endorsed National Institute of Aesthetic Research, a joint initiative between BAAPS and the Healing Foundation.

CQC : Care Quality Commission or Can't Quite Cope?

The fact that the CQC is 'not fit for purpose' seems finally to have begun to dawn on the government and Department of Health, following the publication of the Keogh report and the innumerable scandals in the NHS and independent social care sector over the last few months.

Should an Apprentice Run a Cosmetic Procedures Business?

There are several ironies involved in Dr Leah Totton winning The Apprentice. To BAPRAS she does indeed look like `The Apprentice` when it comes to offering cosmetic procedures.

Cosmetic Medical Versus Cosmetic Beauty. Why Non-Medics Should Not be Offering Fillers

And so the battle lines are drawn in the fight over who should be administering dermal fillers to the public. Side 1, The Medical Professionals, Suppliers and Regulators and Side 2, The Non-Medics, primarily Beauty Therapists.

Treatments You Can Trust Takes Dermal Filler Agenda Forward Post Keogh Review

On 15th May 2013, the governance board of the Treatments You Can Trust Register of Cosmetic Injectable Providers assembled a panel of experts at the House of Lords for a meeting to discuss the ways to take the agenda forward on dermal fillers.

Dermal Fillers should be prescription only recommends Sir Bruce Keogh Cosmetic Intervention Review

The long awaited report following the review into the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions in England, led by NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh and a panel of advisors has been published today calling for a complete reclassification of dermal filler products amongst other recommendations for the private cosmetic sector.

Keogh review into cosmetic interventions gives us taster of recommendations to come for dermal filler providers

The Department of Health and the review panel, headed up by NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh, into the provision of cosmetic interventions in England have announced that their long awaited report will be delayed by one month, until the end of April 2013. The review is expected to call for new laws to ensure that anyone performing these treatments, doctors, nurses and beauty therapists is competent and accountable.

Giving Bolam a Nip and a Tuck For Clinical Negligence in Private Cosmetic Surgery

If there is one passage in one clinical negligence judgment which all clinical negligence practitioners know, it is the Bolam test, which says that a doctor is not guilty of negligence if he has acted in accordance with a practice accepted as proper by a responsible body of medical men skilled in that particular art. The difficult question in relation to say, private cosmetic surgery practice, is to identify what is a responsible or reasonable body of opinion.

Fly-In-Fly-Out Cosmetic Surgeons: What Are The Risks?

The term `fly-in-fly-out` surgeons or `seagull surgeons` has been coined to refer to practitioners who carry out work on a short term basis but are not permanently resident in the UK. Unlike British surgeons, foreign surgeons are not legally required to have UK medical indemnity insurance in order to carry out procedures in Britain.

Continuing Personal or Professional Development and the CPD Certification Service, What's it All About?

Continuing Personal or Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe; the undertaking of a structured and planned approach to post-qualification further learning throughout the career path. CPD is a formal requirement for anyone who is a member of a professional body.

Medical Defence Union (MDU) Announces it Won`t Cover Non-FDA Approved Dermal Fillers in its Indemnity Policy

The MDU, Medical Defence Union, the UK's leading medical defence organisation has announced some important changes to the provision of medical indemnity for those involved in facial aesthetics and the service provision of dermal fillers.

Royal College of Surgeons publish professional standards for cosmetic practice guidelines for consideration by Keogh review

The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS); an organisation committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care has published what it calls ?landmark? professional standards for cosmetic practice, and not just for surgeons either.

Are Dentists allowed to call themselves Doctors? No, say the ASA.

Dentists have long been accustomed to being able to call themselves by the title Dr. or Doctor, something which their own regulator permits; but the Advertising Standards Authority continues to chastise those who do so in advertising materials as they believe the title is misleading.

Sir Bruce Keogh Cosmetic Interventions Review: Call For Evidence Responses

Following the fall-out from the PIP breast implant scandal which brought the cosmetic surgery industry to the forefront of public awareness and concerns, the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley asked the Department of Health to investigate the whole industry. This job was given to NHS Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh and was officially launched with a call for evidence. On 31st December 2012, the Department of Health published details of the responses to the call for evidence.

When a Cosmetic Surgery Clinic Goes into Administration

The Harley Medical Centre Limited has gone into administration. Where does that leave those of its patients who have been dissatisfied with their treatment? This blog addresses the relationship between patients and the providers of cosmetic surgery services, in the light of the news that The Harley Medical Centre Limited has gone into administration.

Illegal Tooth Whitening Crackdown by Government And Dentists, EU Directive Now in Force in the UK

Parliamentary correspondent Anika Bourley noted that the Government and Trading Standards must step up and deal with the illegal practice of teeth whitening following a new European Directive.

Safer Injectables Campaign launched by Dr. Hilary Jones and Treatments You Can Trust to raise public awareness of 'Botox Cowboys'

Dr. Hilary Jones has joined forces with Baroness Trish Morris of Bolton, Chair of TreatmentsYouCanTrust.org.uk to launch a new Safer Injectables Campaign to the public. Treatments You Can Trust is concerned that patients are at risk from so called `Botox Cowboys`.

Why you should only have fillers done by a Doctor/Nurse and not a Beauty Therapist

Cosmetic Doctor, Dr. Mervyn Patterson has released a very useful infographic to explain the issues and dangers from seeking dermal filler treatments via un-medically qualifed Beauty Therapists as compared to medically trained Doctors and Nurses.

Is Electrolysis a CQC 'regulated activity'? The answer is No

Recently we added a new Treatment FAQ to The Consulting Room for Advanced Electrolysis, also now called Advanced Cosmetic Procedures (ACP). The inclusion of this FAQ caused much debate amongst aesthetic industry participants with regards to just who should be doing this type of procedure, as some Beauty Therapists are being trained in these advanced techniques and also whether or not it needed to be performed in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered clinic setting.

Cosmetic Surgery Advertising Ban, Don't shoot the messenger

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has lobbied for strict controls on advertising for cosmetic surgery. BAAPS has consistently stood up for high standards and its recommendations should be seen in the context of a general campaign to improve services to cosmetic surgery patients. However, some of the recommendations are probably unnecessary, some would be difficult to implement and others are directed to the message about cosemtic surgery services when arguably it is the services themselves which require attention.

BAAPS Submits Own CAP Code for Advertising Standards in Cosmetic Surgery Industry, Banning Adverts to Under 18s.

At their annual conference, held this year at the Royal College of Physicians in London, The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) announced that they have drafted and submitted a new, strict advertising code to the regulator CAP (the Committee of Advertising Practice), which sets out policies for the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

The nuts and bolts of Prof Sir Bruce Keogh`s Call for Evidence in Cosmetic Surgery Review

Sir Bruce Keogh`s Review of the UK Cosmetic Surgery Industry has been officially launched with a ?call for evidence? to include experiences and views from both the industry and patients. As part of this the Department of Health has issued a 71 page document to explain the background behind the review and the areas which is hopes to investigate. Here is the list of the questions and key areas under review.

Direct advertising of Botox to the public still prevalent

It seems that no matter what the medicines regulations say or how many adjudications the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) issue on the subject, the practice of promoting the prescription only medicine of botulinum toxin, Botox? being one of the brand names, to the general public is still very much being done by UK clinics on a daily basis.

CTIA rapped by DWP for claiming government funding for beauty therapist injectable training

An organisation set up to campaign for inclusion of beauty therapists in the lucrative facial aesthetics marketplace has been reprimanded for claiming government backing for its cosmetic injectable training courses aimed at beauty therapists.

Cosmetic Surgery Litigation - the Impact of Advertising

A claim for damages for injury resulting from cosmetic surgery treatment may be brought in contract and/or tort. In this blog I want to discuss how advertising by the clinic may be relevant to a claim in tort against the surgeon.

Sir Bruce Keogh`s Review of the UK Cosmetic Surgery Industry Gets Underway

following the fall-out from the PIP breast implant scandal which brought the cosmetic surgery industry to the forefront of public awareness and concerns, the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley asked the Department of Health to investigate the whole industry. This job was given to NHS Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh along with an expert panel. As of 15th August 2012 the review has now been officially launched with a call for evidence.

Aquamid takes ethical stance with launch of dermal filler patient implant register

The makers of long term volumising dermal filler brand Aquamid have taken a leaf out of the book of learning following the PIP breast implant scandal and have launched a formal patient safety register specifically for their product.

Are Insurers & Underwriters a Practical Key to Regulating the Aesthetic Industry?

You wouldn't drive a car if you couldn't get insurance, so will taking away medical indemnity policies for non-medics such as beauty therapists, podiatrists and physiotherapists stop the tidal wave of entry to the facial cosmetic injectable marketplace?

Surgeon, Doctor, Dentist - are they really who they say they are?

The Royal College of Surgeons, RCS recently called on the government to legally protect the title of surgeon in the interests of patient safety, as currently there are no restrictions on who can use it. Similarly others specialties are using titles which may be either confusing to the public or blurring the lines between professions, such as dentists referring to themselves as doctors when practising in facial aesthetics.

Consent to Cosmetic Surgery

Patients and surgeons should be aware that much of the litigation that arises out of cosmetic surgery concerns pre-operative advice rather than the performance of the surgery itself. I have conducted many cases involving the issue of consent to cosmetic surgery. Here are a few matters for patients, surgeons, litigants and their representatives to consider.

Remote prescribing of Botox by Doctors over telephone and internet banned by GMC

The General Medical Council (GMC) will issue new rules to its members, UK Doctors, stating that the practice of remotely prescribing prescription only botulinum toxin products, such as the brands Botox, Vistabel, Azzalure, Dysport, Xeomin and Bocouture will no longer be permitted and Doctors must see a patient face-to-face before issuing a prescription for the drug; (although they may still delegate the administration of it to someone under their supervision, such as a nurse).

Podiatrists Injecting Botox! Just where does the foot end?

Some training companies are openly targeting and promoting training courses in prescription only botulinum toxins (Botox) and dermal fillers direct to Healthcare Professionals, those registered as Podiatrists.

Information about changes to NHS funding of varicose vein procedures

In approximately 2007 the NHS began to restrict access to vein surgery, such as endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and sclerotherapy in parts of the UK. Recently this restriction has become much tighter and much more widespread.

Tooth whitening - dentists versus non-dentists - what does the law say?

The tooth-whitening situation is confusing for Dentists let alone the general public. Is it legal? Can non-dentists provide it? What concentration is safe/legal?

PIP breast implant refunds via credit card companies, will it work for everyone?

Theres big news that a woman got a refund off Lloyds TSB for her PIP breast implants which had burst. This happened as shed paid on a credit card and the purchase cost over 100, meaning under Section 75 law the card company is jointly liable for anything going wrong with the product. This has given welcome hope to many worried about implants Ive quickly knocked out some thoughts and clarification on what hope this brings to others.

Should Botox and Fillers be Sold to the General Public from an Exhibition Stand?

My daughter is in her first year of training to be a beauty therapist. I was chauffeur driven a good part of the way on our trip from Rugby down to the mecca for beauty therapists, Professional Beauty, at the EXCEL in London. Buried amongst the exhibitors we came across a nurse offering cut price Botox and filler injections from her exhibition stand.

Breast Implants: What is the Difference between the CE Mark & FDA Approval?

A frequently asked question at Aurora Clinics recently has been: Are Nagor breast implants as good as Allergan because Allergan have FDA Approval whilst Nagor have a CE Mark instead? With increasing numbers of ladies currently opting for implant replacement (following the recent PIP Implants scare) this question is on the minds of many. However, straightforward information about FDA approval and the CE Mark is not always easy to find.

NHS mops up PIP breast implant patients from private clinics

This week the Department of Health (DOH) has reported that nearly 3,000 women who were given the faulty Poly Implant Prothse (PIP) silicone breast implants have sought help from the National Health Service (NHS) because they have failed to get adequate help from the private clinics who originally performed their implantation surgery.

PIAPA call for better regulation of dermal fillers and those who provide them

Members of the aesthetic nurses group PIAPA (Private Independent Aesthetic Practices Association) are reporting increasingly hard-sell from companies and individuals offering practitioners numerous alternative fillers, administered by individuals with sometimes questionable skills and qualifications, it would seem a disaster similar to the PIP implant situation may become more inevitable as time passes.

Treatments You Can Trust Launches New 7 Point Plan

The Department of Health backed Treatments You Can Trust register celebrated the 2nd anniversary of their self regulation register related to clinics and practitioners offering injectable cosmetic treatments such as Botox and Dermal Fillers. Sally Taber announced the 7 challenges that the group have targeted in terms of their focus for future development of the scheme to help improve standards in this sector of the market.

Poly Implant Prostheses, PIP Breast Implant Scandal Erupts in National Media

The start of January 2012 saw the health scare and scandal over the French made PIP breast implants literally blow up in the national media and the Houses of Parliament as more and more data, patients and surgeons questioned the exact nature of the threat that the industrial grade components posed and just who was responsible, who should fix it and what could be learnt.

Cosmetic Lasers and Regulation - Is there blame when complications occur?

It is no surprise that the number of accidents resulting from cosmetic lasers are steadily increasing year in year out. Perhaps the most famous example depicting this is Charlotte Cripps, a UK journalist who after undergoing IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment in 2008 has been left with disfiguring burns.

Dental regulator issues guidance on remote prescribing

The UKs dental regulator, the General Dental Council (GDC), have issued new guidance for registrants on non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as the prescription or administration of Botox or injectable cosmetic medicinal products.

Taxing Beauty: How will the new VAT rulings affect the Cosmetic Industry?

It has been 2 months since the annoucement that Cosmetic Surgery was to be subjected to a 20% VAT increase but there is still ambiguity over the proposed changes and have many in the industry questioning the changes.

Botox granted cosmetic license for Glabellar Lines, with 50 unit, 100 unit and 200 unit vials available.

Allergan, the manufacturers of Botox, were granted a license to promote the product for the treatment of glabellar lines on 30th November 2011. Up until now it has been unlicensed for cosmetic indication.

Groupon Plastic Surgery Deal is Banned by the Advertising Standards Agency

The ASA have taken their first step in prohibiting the sale of cosmetic surgery deals on social deal sites by bannning an ad from Groupon for 5,000 worth of cosmetic surgery.

VAT: Don`t get caught out

The BACD, IHAS and leading businesses in the sector have been working with the accountants BDO LLP to challenge the recent HMRC annoucement to tax cosmetic surgery, but it seems likely that this will need to be challenged in the Courts.

TreatmentsYouCanTrust.co.uk joins the debate on Cosmetic Injectables and non-medically qualified people

Sally Taber responds to the CTIA's stance that Aesthetic Therapists are the "best practitioners" for the job when it comes to cosmetic injectables

Merz Aesthetics announces FDA approval of Xeomin

Merz Aesthetics announces FDA approval of Xeomin (incobotulinumtxina) for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines in adult patients.

France reverses the decision to Ban all Non-Surgical Lipolysis

Recently, we reported that the French High Authority on Health (HAS) had prohibited the use of all non-surgical Lipolysis cosmetic procedures. However, The French Supreme court issued an injunction against the decree citing inconsistencies in the broad range of excluded practices

Want to inject dermal fillers and botulinum toxins but dont have any experience? In Sweden thats no problem.

It seems the controversial debate surrounding the question of whether or not Beauty Therapists should be allowed to administer Cosmetic Injectables has had the entire industry talking. While this debate rages on here in the UK the answer to who is allowed to inject Injectables in Sweden is easy: Anyone!

Non-Surgical Lipolysis Banned in France

According to an article in French magazine Anti-Age, the French High Authority of Health (HAS) has recently prohibited the use of a variety of different lipolysis (fat killing) cosmetic procedures.

Cosmetic injectable suppliers do not support the use of their products by Beauty Therapists or other non-medically qualified people

If Beauty Therapists want to be able to inject dermal fillers and botulinum toxins, something which to date isnt actually illegal, then there must also be a supply route for them to obtain the products. We asked various key industry manufacturers and distributors of cosmetic injectable products the question: Do you support the use of YOUR products by beauty therapists and other similarly non-medically qualified practitioners?

Podcast: An update on developments in the UK Cosmetic Industry April 2011

Adrian Richards and Ron Myers from The Consulting Room discuss recent events in the UK Cosmetic Industry.

Aesthetic Surgery Services Standard CEN TC403

The European Standard for Aesthetic Surgery Services (CEN TC403) is now in its second draft and due to be considered further by the committee following receipt of comments made by stake holding parties throughout the EU. There is considerable confusion and consternation about this document and the possible consequences of it eventual implementation as a standard for the medical and surgical cosmetic sector in the UK.

Academy of Cosmetic Training bows out of non-medic Botox training

Back in August 2010 we covered the story of a company based in Warrington called The Academy of Cosmetic Training who were offering training courses in the administration of Botox and dermal fillers to non-medics. A recent visit to the website for The Academy of Cosmetic Training (www.academyofcosmetictraining.co.uk) revealed that the companys own declarations and activities have indeed caused their downfall.

I inject my 8 year old daughter with Botox says Beauty Therapist

Kerry Campbell, a 34 year old Beauty Therapist, originally from Birmingham but now living in San Francisco, USA, injects her eight year old daughter Britney once every three months with botulinum toxin and dermal fillers in her forehead, around her eyes and in her lips.

Would you allow a non-medical person to inject you? I know I wouldn't.

I believe that if you have a medical background you are best placed to offer non-surgical injectable treatments. I believe this, the Independent HealthCare Advisory Service (IHAS) believe this, reputable insurance companies believe this and so do the clients and medical practitioners I've asked.

Needles at Dawn! Beauty Therapists Challenge IHAS Over Who Should be Allowed to Inject Botox & Dermal Fillers

Who should and shouldn`t be allowed to inject the general public with cosmetic injectable products including dermal fillers and botulinum toxins. The Cosmetic Treatments and Injectables Association (CTIA) has openly set out to challenge the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) and its Treatments You Can Trust Register which excludes practitioners who arent doctors, dentists or registered nurses from its government backed quality assurance accreditation scheme for cosmetic injectable providers.

'The judge will be sensible' in face lift legal action

Three weeks ago, many of my colleagues and I were stunned by the headline `patient sues her Plastic Surgeon for 54 million`. The judge has to decide on a figure between the 9million and the 54 million and the decision can influence significantly the face of healthcare in the UK.

Treatments You Can Trusts tries to get message across on ITV Daybreak

Sally Taber, Head of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services which is behind the Treatments You Can Trust Quality Assurance Scheme for Cosmetic Injectable Providers took the message about cosmetic injectables to ITV's Daybreak programme hosted by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.

IHAS announces new members of Governance Group for Treatments You Can Trust

IHAS announced the newly formed Governance Group for Treatments You Can Trust (www.treatmentsyoucantrust.co.uk). This Group aims to guarantee the independence of the Register and ensure that consumer safety remains the number one propriety.

Cheap Botox - How low can it go?

The following advertisement was recently spotted on the well known special offer site Groupon. It features a dentist led clinic in Wales offering Botox for 40! This clinic is breaking so many rules of advertising as to be shocking.

Bogus Nurses - Some cosmetic injectable providers not NMC registered finds BACN

It recently came to the attention of The BACN that there are practitioners who have busy and successful clinics who claim to be nurses but are not, and never have been, registered with the NMC. It concerns us that they have been trained and receive supplies and their qualifications have not been checked or challenged.

Coming Soon - European Standards for Aesthetic Surgical Procedures?

I was invited to speak at a recent meeting on the subject of Cosmetic Surgery Trends. The main focus of the meeting revolved around the lack of effective regulation for various aspects of the cosmetic market. European countries face similar problems which have resulted in a drive towards trying to harmonise standards across the EU for cosmetic treatments.

Do I Still Need Local Rules, Risk Assessments and Medical Protocols?

This question is equally valid if you are a Healthcare Professional (Doctor, Nurse etc) using laser and IPL systems and will continue to be regulated by the CQC after the 1st of October or a non-healthcare professional (e.g., a beauty clinic) using laser and IPL systems. The answer to the question is YES; you do need these in place but for some different reasons depending upon who you are.

Chinese Laser HandPiece - A Case Study

Lynton wanted to investigate the possible dangers faced by those clinic or salon operators who might consider purchasing one of the many low cost laser or IPL products that were becoming readily available from Chinese manufacturers.

Cosmetic Procedures as Prizes? The Controversy Continues...

The goodsurgeonguide review website recently announced a planned competition offering a free cosmetic procedure of their choice with a Harley Street doctor. Such competitions, contests and prize draws for free surgical or non-surgical procedures have drawn much criticism from a number of industry organisations in the past, particularly the surgeons associations.

Local Authorities step in to regulate non-healthcare use of lasers and light from October 1st

With the impending deregulation of non-healthcare related (i.e. beauty sector) use of laser and IPL systems on the 1st October 2010, it seems that the Local Authority Health and Safety Officers around the country are preparing to step in and fill the void left by the Department of Healths ill-conceived deregulation.

Inaugural BACN Meeting a Success!

The inaugural conference of the BACN was a truly a turning point when aesthetic nurses found their voice and approached the next chapter with renewed confidence.

Podcast: The risks of using counterfeit Botox and Dermal Fillers and an update on regulation

In this podcast Adrian Richards talks to Ron Myers from The Consulting Room about the rise in the availability of counterfeit Botox and dermal fillers, plus problems with filler products over the years and the new IHAS shared regulation scheme for cosmetic injectable providers.

Treatments You Can Trust Launches to the Public but BAAPS Condemns it as State Sponsored Marketing

The Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers (Quality Assurance Mark) officially launches to the general public today (Monday 13th September), yet the scheme is already courting disapproval from the UKs largest surgeon association, namely the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

Botox Training For Non-Medics Surely Not in the UK?!

During a round of internet searching I discovered a site offering Botox and dermal filler training to non-medical personnel.

Cutting the Red Tape: Laser/IPL suppliers targeting sales using de-regulation; Right or wrong?

I recently saw an advert from an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) manufacturer which was targeted through an industry publication aimed at beauty professionals. It highlighted that clinics and salons can now offer IPL hair removal without the red tape of regulation. Is this really an ethical method of advertising?

Chinese Botox - at $20 a vial, no wonder some doctors are tempted!

Have you been emailed with an offer to buy cheap botulinum toxin type A direct from China? Well you're not alone. We look at the growing market targeting Western Europe for sales of generic cosmetic injectable products at a fraction of the mainstream prices.

CQC Inspectors - The New `Health Traffic` Wardens

The new regulations give a range of powers to CQC inspectors which range from informal chats, enforcement notices, prohibition notices and of course prosecution under the new offences, however interestingly they now have one particularly efficient method of enforcement the FIXED PENALTY NOTICE.

Podcast: Remote prescribing - is it allowed?

In this podcast Adrian Richards talks to Ron Myers from The Consulting Room about remote prescribing, a controversial issue within the Aesthetics industry.

Podcast: How does legislation affect you

In this podcast Adrian Richards talks to Ron Myers from The Consulting Room about the thorny issue of legislation within the Aesthetics industry.

Deregulation of Lasers: An Equipment Suppliers View

Lynton has been supplying Laser and Intense Pulse Light (IPL) equipment to the cosmetic marketplace for over 16 years. It is with mixed feelings that I view the imminent deregulation of the use of Class 3b/4 lasers and IPLs in cosmetic practices.

CQC re-registration period coming to an end!

If you are registered with the CQC under the Care Standards Act 2000 as an independent healthcare provider you should, by now have received the notification of your "window" to re-register under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

FREE Care Quality Commission Registrations between 1st July and 1st October 2010!!!

The closing date for applications to register with the CQC for healthcare establishments under the Care Standards Act 2000 is the 1st of July 2010.

The Club of Seven

My company was the first to register with the TreatmentsYouCanTrust scheme and to date were part of an elite Club of Seven. Only seven companies or practitioners have registered.

NMC Cracks Down on Nurse Who Faked Botox Prescriptions

Louise Whiteman, a Nurse from Lichfield, Staffordshire has received an official warning from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for falsifying Doctors notes so she could obtain an increased supply of vials of prescription only botulinum toxin products for her beauty business.

CODE Lobbies IHAS to Include Dental Hygienists in Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers

CODE,the Association of Dental Practice plan to lobby the IHAS to accept Dental Hygienists to the quality mark registration for cosmetic injectable providers.

VAT and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments

Did you know that from 1st October 2010, there will be no restriction on who can operate class 4 lasers and IPL equipment for non-surgical cosmetic treatments? At the same time, VAT will become applicable for non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

NMC Clarifies Legal Guidelines For Nurses Using Remote Prescribing Services

Any nurse following a remotely issued direction to administer an injectable cosmetic drug is going against their governing body's advice. All nurses are accountable to the NMC for their actions and must practice within its guidelines.

Treatments You Can Trust - The Nitty Gritty of Online Registration for the IHAS Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers

Having recently successfully completed the IHAS Quality Mark Assurance scheme online registration process and, following scrutiny by CHKS, the third party company who administer the scheme, received confirmation that our clinic has been accepted onto the register, I now know the detail and evidence of documentation required to show, in principle, that the business operates in accordance with the standards required.

IHAS Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers Quality Assurance Mark Scheme - Good Thing? Bad Thing?

Tuesday 13th April saw the launch to the aesthetic industry of this much anticipated shared regulation scheme aimed at screening and registering healthcare professionals (doctors, dentists and registered nurses only) and the clinics and facilities in which they operate and offer injectable cosmetics such as botulinum toxins and dermal fillers to the public.

U.S. FDA slams Lipodissolve clinics for misleading consumers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued warning letters to six medical spas based in America and a company in Brazil who market the online sale of the products used for Lipodissolve.

God Bless America For Their Regulation!

How refreshing it is that there is a Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety in the US with 5,000 members. God Bless America for having the right legislation in place and having doctors who are willing to work together for patient safety!

Looking For Credit Crunch Solutions... How About Botox Banking?

As children we were all encouraged to save a few pennies in our Piggy Banks, now a clinic in America is encouraging its clients to save their hard earned cash in a virtual Botox Bank.

The Mad, Mad World of Medical Aesthetics

It has been reported that a company in Doncaster is once again offering botulinum toxin training to Beauty Therapists. The fact that this is allowed to happen demonstrates the ridiculous lack of legislation in this country regarding medical aesthetics.

Glory Above Credibility?

In the US, the doctors strive to have work published in the peer-reviewed medical journals, and to have recognition from their colleagues from around the world. This culture is in stark contrast to how the British cosmetic doctors practice.

First came Teen Tanorexics, now comes the rise of Teen Toxing

Reports in the press this week have highlighted the story of Hannah Burge, daughter of the Real Life or Human Barbie who has become the youngest known person to receive injections of botulinum toxin at the age of 15

Is the American Professor right or wrong in telling the British public what is good for them?

Dr Sam Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and a leading US professor has said that ANTI-AGEING creams regularly used by millions of Britons could increase the risk of skin cancer.

Doctors to come off GMC register and retrain as beauty therapists?

It currently looks like a beauty salon, even if they have a visiting doctor, dentist or nurse doing injectables, carrying out skin rejuvenation and hair removal with a laser or IPL would not need to be registered.

Is the Canadian Government going overboard with regard to Botox?

Health Canada is informing Canadians and Canadian health care professionals that the labelling information of BOTOX and BOTOX Cosmetic will now include the risk of the toxin spreading to other distant parts of the body.

The Future of Healthcare Regulation in England

Dr Philip Dobson Medical Director of Laser Care Services Ltd sent us a summary of the pertinent points of Care Quality Commission legislation changes due in 2010 relating to the Cosmetic Surgery/Non-surgical industry and Beauty Sector.