Nuffield Council on Bioethics Report
‘Cosmetic Procedures – Ethical Issues’
In a press release, the JCCP (Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners) has welcomed the findings of the Nuffield Council report into Bioethics.
The report by a team of experts and consultees has highlighted a number of ethical and practical concerns, specifically including the areas of:
- public awareness
- practitioner regulation
The report highlights outstanding concerns raised in the Keogh report in 2013, namely:
- Controls on the safety of some of the products used
- Requirements for practitioners to have particular qualifications and experience
- It is still too difficult for anyone seeking a cosmetic procedure to find out whether a practitioner is appropriately qualified to carry out that procedure
The findings of the Nuffield Council Bioethics report strike a particular chord with the JCCP as their stated primary aim is:
“to provide a mechanism that can enable the public to clearly identify safe practitioners across all non-surgical aesthetic treatments.”
Indeed, the Nuffield Report highlights and welcomes the establishment of the JCCP and its plans for public awareness campaigns, linked to a charter mark for practitioners (Recommendation 18).
The Nuffield Report also explores ethical aspects of the industry – appearance ideals, marketing/advertising and other drivers behind the increasing demand for cosmetic procedures and ethical questions around the supply and raised a series of concerns:
- The social and economic pressures about appearance
- Potential impact of appearance ideals on mental health
- Social expectations and ideals people are encouraged to conform and aspire to
- Susceptibility of teenagers and children to peer pressures and access to cosmetic procedures
- Marketing invasive cosmetic procedures as ‘solutions’
Conclusions & Recommendations
The report has a series of conclusions for the industry:
- Implement the Keogh report recommendations in full
- Restrict access of under 18s to cosmetic procedures/treatments
- Empower consumers by providing independent, high quality information
- Register of practitioners who are ‘quality marked’ through membership of a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority
- Better control of products (Department of Health and MHRA to require evidence of safety and effectiveness)
- Bring forward legislation to make dermal fillers prescription-only. Until then, cosmetic practitioner insurers should restrict indemnity to FDA approved dermal fillers
- Extend remit of CQC to premises where invasive cosmetic procedures are carried out
Dermal Fillers – Prescription Only?
The JCCP’s press release supports the Nuffield Report’s specific recommendation (10) asking the Department of Health to bring forward stand-alone legislation to make all dermal fillers prescription only
Read the full report at http://nuffieldbioethics.org/wp-content/uploads/Cosmetic-procedures-full-report.pdf
Read a summary of the report at http://nuffieldbioethics.org/wp-content/uploads/Cosmetic-procedures-guide-to-the-report.pdf
More information on
- The formation of the CSA and JCCP
- What is the JCCP?
- JCCP Update on Plans
- JCCP Update – Register Launch Information
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