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

Posted on the 19 October 2012 at 09:28

Dr Hilary Jones

As demand for cosmetic injectable treatments continue to rise, the Treatments You Can Trust industry self-regulatory scheme for treatment providers is concerned that patients are at risk from so called ‘Botox Cowboys’. Because of this it was announced today (19th October 2012) that Dr. Hilary Jones, the well known ‘TV Doctor’ and member of the TYCT Governance Board has joined forces with Baroness Trish Morris of Bolton, Chair of to launch a new Safer Injectables Campaign to the public. 

Launching ahead of the peak period for cosmetic injectable treatments, traditionally the months leading up to the Christmas and New Year party season, the campaign aims to advise consumers on the best and safest approach to Botox® (and other botulinum toxin brands) and dermal fillers whilst the review of cosmetic procedures, led by Sir Bruce Keogh, awaits conclusion in the Spring of 2013.

TYCT notes that over 1,500,000 injectable treatments have been conducted so far this year with figures set to rise further in 2013; they are warning that patients are at an increasing risk from accepting treatment from providers with no medical background or appropriate level of training, practising in unsafe and unhygienic environments.

“Whilst Botox® and dermal fillers are non-surgical they are medical procedures and should only be administered by regulated and appropriately trained Doctors, Dentists and Registered Nurses. The ABC’s of safe injectables are simple for consumers to follow to help avoid the known risks associated with treatment by unqualified providers in unsanitary environments”; said Dr. Hilary Jones on the launch of the campaign.

Therefore the Safer Injectable Campaigns launches the ABC’s of Safer Injectables urging consumers to ‘Always Background Check’ their provider and know how to spot and avoid bad practice:

Always (A) Background (B) Check (C) the following:

What to expect…

What to reject…


A regulated Doctor, Dentist or Registered Nurse - Visit

Provider unable to demonstrate a medical or clinical background e.g. beauty therapists, nail technicians


An hygienic, clean and clinical environment

Treatment in a domestic setting, beauty salon or even a garden shed!


Have completed a certified medical or clinical training to safely administer injectable treatments

Anyone who has attended a one day training course

To help stamp out poor standards the campaign also encourages the public to report any bad practice in their area, and inappropriate adverts, particularly as botulinum toxins should not be advertised to the public; any concerns can be emailed to

Baroness Trish Morris added; “it is imperative that patients are made aware that beauty therapists are not appropriately qualified by the very nature of their non-medical training to administer injectable treatments including Botox®. Whilst there are calls from within the beauty industry for the (Keogh) review to recognise therapists as appropriately qualified injectable providers, such a move would be totally inappropriate.  Beauty therapists provide an important role and excellent service for beauty treatments however the outcome of the review must safeguard patient safety for medical procedures including injectables.”

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Update added 19th October 2012 - Statement from the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM), formerly the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors (BACD) to its members in response to this launch.

Consumers are being urged to print out a letter (link opens Word Doc) from the TYCT website and take it to the clinic where they are contemplating having an injectable cosmetic treatment. Within this letter it strongly "urges consumers to CANCEL appointments they have with clinics if the clinic is not registered with TYCT".

Whilst BCAM fully supports proper regulation within our industry to safeguard patient safety, many of our members are already registered with the Care Quality Commission. Registration with the CQC means that we are regulated in a same way as hospitals and other independent healthcare providers and the standards and requirements placed upon us through that CQC registration are far more stringent than the voluntary IHAS scheme.

Update added 22nd October 2012 - Statement from the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN)

The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses absolutely supports regulation of Cosmetic Services, and patient education in particular.

As a body, we would encourage members of the public seeking non surgical treatments to ask lots of questions and be wise in their choice of environments to receive such treatments. Unfortunately the TYCT, in our opinion, does not sufficiently check the clinics they register, and certainly does not check the qualifications and experience of the individual practitioners; it is not transparent in explaining to the public how the quality mark is earned.

It is inappropriate to imply that because a provider has chosen not to register with TYCT that they are unsafe, particularly when the clinics with The Quality Mark, are not necessarily paragons of best practice. We have submitted a comprehensive report to The Review Panel, including a call for a 'Patient's Charter' to independently advise and inform the consumer, so they are able to ask the right questions and make safe choices, we call for a requirement for this 'Charter' to be referenced wherever services are provided.

We are also of the opinion that Clinicians, not business managers, should lead on regulation, and that any such regulation must focus first on the education, training and experience of the practitioner and must include audit and accountability.

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Blog Comment(s) [3]

While I support regulation of the industry, TYCT is NOT a regulator, and the letter Dr Hilary is endorsing implies that practitioners not registered with TYCT are unsafe, this is NOT the case. While much of the advice in the letter is sound, many practitioners have chosen not to register with TYCT, some of the big chains have and look at how they have treated their patients with PIP implants, first consultation with them is often with a non medical sales person, what does that say about their and TYCT standards. Would be interesting to see whose payroll Dr Hilary is on, impartial advice? I don't think so.

Diane Jeffery



Why our clinic is NOT a member of the VOLUNTARY `Treatments you can Trust Scheme`

The Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) promotes a government-backed 'voluntary' quality assurance scheme (like a "register") for cosmetic injectable treatments that is called 'Treatments You Can Trust''.

The scheme enables clinics providing cosmetic treatments to join a register to demonstrate they meet a set of minimum standards that help to promote patient safety. Members of the register are then able to display the "kite-mark-type" symbol as shown below.

Treatments You Can Trust Qulaity Mark Logo

The IHAS is a private company, not a government department or agency and the actual administration of the scheme is contracted out to another private company.

Why we are not a member of the voluntary 'Treatments You Can Trust' Scheme

Our clinic is not registered with the 'Treatments You Can Trust' voluntary scheme because we are already registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the government's own healthcare regulator in England.

We are therefore regulated in a same way as hospitals and other independent healthcare providers and the standards and requirements placed upon us through that CQC registration are far more stringent than the voluntary IHAS scheme.

While the IHAS voluntary scheme is a welcome step forward for the unregulated cosmetic injectable market, it does not go far enough. The industry needs proper regulation to safeguard patient safety because 'cowboy' providers can still operate outside any voluntary scheme. Following the PIP breast implant scandal, our clinic believes that all cosmetic procedures should be regulated and we fully supports growing calls for this to happen.

Lorna Jackson |

How disapointing that TYCT have issued advice not to go to clinic who is not registered with them, it smacks of self promotion, Dr Hilary Jones is not even an aesthetic practitioner but sits on the board. They are not regulators but a ltd company therefore they work for profit. I am not registered with them and I do not intend to, but it does not make me an unsafe practitioner. I am all for regulation and safety and as a member of the BACN that is what we as nurses are striving for.

cheryl pullen