Open letter to Dr Dan Poulter MP from the BAD, BAAPS, and BAPRAS regarding cosmetic interventions
Open letter to:
Dr Dan Poulter MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
Dear Dr Poulter
The Government Response to the Sir Bruce Keogh Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions
The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) welcome any action taken by the Government to regulate Cosmetic Interventions and prevent future harm to the British public. As you know our three organisations have worked closely with Sir Bruce Keogh’s team at the Department of Health and submitted evidence and expert opinion to the Review Panel. We were therefore alarmed at the report in the Mail on Sunday alleging that the Government had decided not to proceed with the recommendation for a compulsory register for all those carrying out non-surgical cosmetic procedures and proposed instead a voluntary register. If this is the case we would ask the Government to please think again.
Without a compulsory and comprehensive register for all non-surgical cosmetic practitioners the public will be prey to a two tier system: good practice by well qualified professionals on one level, which will almost certainly cost the consumer more; and on another level a cut-price, budget approach provided by untrained practitioners with little consideration of risk or redress if complications arise.
Such a system is unlikely to address the concerns raised in the original Review around unregulated non-surgical cosmetic interventions.
Whilst acknowledging that complications arising from botched cosmetic surgery may well be more serious and potentially life-threatening – surgery is a procedure that can only be carried out by medical professionals in regulated premises. Additional regulation is therefore much easier to implement within the existing framework. The complications which occur from non-surgical cosmetic interventions such as injectable fillers and lasers/IPL can be equally distressing and debilitating, yet these procedures can be administered by practitioners with no medical knowledge or understanding of potential risks.
The market for cosmetic interventions is well advanced and whilst the BAD, BAPRAS & BAAPS acknowledge the challenges of ‘skilling-up’ a large number of non-medical practitioners and that a staged approach to establishing a register may be necessary, we also believe it is the only way to ensure future safety for consumers. Simply because it is difficult, does not mean it should not be done.
We would also ask again, in this letter, to be given information on the timetable of publication and to receive confirmation that we will be allowed to see an embargoed copy of the report prior to publication.
Professor C Bunker
President of the BAD
Mr R Grover
President of BAAPS
Mr G Perks
President of BAPRAS