Call for injectable cosmetic fillers to be banned from public exhibitions

Posted on the 21 May 2014 at 12:26

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.  

The first successful outcome of this campaign led to injectable cosmetic treatments being banned from The Anti-Ageing Show held this month at Olympia in London. The Safety in Beauty Campaign (#safetyinbeauty) worked closely with the show organisers CRS Media and it was mutually agreed that carrying out cosmetic injections on consumers in a public event setting was neither ethical nor clinically appropriate. 

In the first year of The Anti-Ageing Show, two stand exhibitors offered injectable treatments to members of this public, but in light of the Keogh Review and a growing concern for consumer safety The Safety In Beauty campaign has pledged to work as closely as possible with national show and exhibition organisers to ban the practice of needle treatments at consumer shows. As Campaign Founder I am now speaking to the organisers of another nationally well-known beauty show in an attempt to try and ban cosmetic injections being offered - and a response to this will be issued by the campaign shortly.

It is highly inappropriate and unethical to offer cut price injectable cosmetic interventions to members of the public at large scale consumer events. Not only is this an aggressive, commercially-driven sales tactic to a consumer, but it also poses health and safety risks as carrying out cosmetic treatments via needles in a setting which is not sterile or clinical poses huge risks. For these reasons Safety In Beauty believes that such interventions should be confined to clinical environments where consumers have a professional consultation with a reputable qualified professional and have sufficient time, with no sales pressure to make a decision.

Shelley Williams, Director of CRS Media and Organiser of The Anti-Ageing Show in London said; "We are delighted and proud to be the first consumer exhibition and consumer event to ban cosmetic injectable treatments being offered and sold at a public event. We are huge supporters of Safety In Beauty and feel that our event can lead by example. Consumers looking for cut price bargains need to be educated and informed to make decisions which are not price-led. Our event is held to help consumers navigate safely through the wealth of options available in the beauty, anti-ageing and cosmetic interventions industry, and our decision to ban injectable treatments being sold on exhibitors stands upholds our stance towards consumer safety".

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I would particularly welcome reports of injectable fillers being offered at public exhibitions and would also like to hear from people reporting malpractice, poor treatment outcomes or evidence of unregulated people performing treatments. 


Update 2nd June 2014

The organisers of Olympia Beauty, one of the UK’s leading trade beauty exhibitions are proud to announce they are supporting the Safety in Beauty campaign and backing the move to ban injectable cosmetic fillers. At the 2014 show, no companies will be offering on-stand injectable cosmetic fillers and this will be the case for all future Olympia Beauty exhibitions.

Olympia Beauty is delighted to be working with The Cosmedic Coach Antonia Mariconda, who heads up the Safety in Beauty campaign. Antonia is working to put a stop to this practice, as she believes that injectable cosmetic fillers should not be used on visitors in a trade exhibition setting; this is in light of the Keogh Review and a growing concern for consumer safety. Olympia Beauty is proud to announce that Antonia Mariconda will also be heading up the Advanced Beauty Conference at the 2014 show.

Olympia Beauty show director, Ian Archbold, explains his decision to back the campaign: “We have seen a growing rise in discussions between organisers, visitors and exhibitors alike and the contentious issue that lies within the trade beauty sphere. As the first trade beauty show in the UK to announce the banning of this practice we are leading the way supporting the Safety in Beauty campaign.

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Blog Comment(s) [3]

Great news.
I would like to see this extended to all needle based practices including permanent make up and micro needling. I have seen all of them at the Scottish beauty show. Its wrong on all levels.

Sharon McAlpine

Very nice post, thanks for sharing the information. Keep up the good work.

Deborah Alessi

interesting information and great read as i attended a beauty show recentley and someone was injecting fillers

Jacqueline Naeini