The long awaited Government Response to the Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions has been issued.
The report makes clear the need for better regulation of non-surgical interventions, which now account for 90 % of cosmetic procedures (i.e. 9x more than surgical interventions).
One of the key changes is the requirement for compulsory training for any dermal fillers or botox practitioner.
However, industry body BAAPs have condemned the decision not to make fillers a prescription only medicine, a move which had been widely anticipated by many in the industry.
BAAPS President Rajiv Grover commented on the report, saying;
“Frankly, we are no less than appalled at the lack of action taken – this review, not the first one conducted into the sector, represents yet another thoroughly wasted opportunity to ensure patient safety.”
“With all the evidence provided by the clinical community, choosing not to reclassify fillers as medicines with immediate effect or setting up any kind of compulsory register beggars belief.”
“Legislators have clearly been paying only lip service to the sector’s dire warnings that dermal fillers are a crisis waiting to happen.”
The government report says:
“We support the principle that dermal fillers and other non-surgical cosmetic products should be prescription only, or otherwise that there should be control over who may administer them.”
“We are also currently working with the MHRA and at a European level to progress greater product control of fillers and other products.”
So while change is not imminent, it would seem that the dermal fillers debate remains open and it may be that changes via the MHRA or at a European level bring the hoped-for control to the sector.
Botox and Fillers Training
The confirmation that training is required for botox and fillers practitioners has been welcomed by Manchester training company SkinViva Training Academy, who offer a range of medical training courses for cosmetic and medical skin treatments.
Their courses in cosmetic treatments directed at suitably qualified and registered medical professionals who wish to learn and build on their skills in delivering these procedures.
SkinViva Training was established by by Dr Tim Pearce MBChB BSc (Hons) MRCGP. The SkinViva Training team upholds high standards of clinical training providing a combination of fully-supervised practical experience together with essential theory.
For further information, to discuss which course is right for you, to enquire about availability or to book a training course please call 0161 850 2491, or email email@example.com.