Government plans for new licensing for non-surgical cosmetic procedures
Posted on 7th March 2022
On February 28 2022, the government published plans to make amendments to the Health and Care Bill in order to bring more regulation to the industry. The Department of Health and Social Care are looking to give the Health Secretary powers to introduce a license for non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and fillers. Read on to learn more about the changes from our beauty treatment solicitors.
Our specialist beauty treatment solicitors regularly discuss the dangers of the largely unregulated beauty industry, and when it comes to dermal filler gone wrong, and botched lip filler, our specialist beauty negligence personal injury solicitors know all too well what risks are involved, and the injuries that you can, unfortunately, suffer from if the procedure is carried out negligently, or by a beauty practitioner who doesn’t have the correct training or qualifications.
Amendment to the Health and Care Bill:
Under the proposed new amendments, the public will be much more protected against botched Botox and botched lip fillers, as the government confirms its intention to introduce a licensing regime for non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
On the changes, Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said that ‘While most of those in the aesthetics industry follow good practice when it comes to patient safety, far too many people have been left emotionally and physically scarred after botched cosmetic procedures.’
This is something that our no win no fee beauty treatment solicitors know all too well, and we regularly work with clients who have suffered from muscle damage, impaired vision, swelling, and infections from Botox gone wrong. While our no win no fee solicitors hope that these changes will go some way to improve regulation of the industry, it will take a lot to reach a place where there is full and proper regulation of practitioners and treatments taking place up and down the country.
The risks of the unregulated aesthetics industry:
To train and become qualified in aesthetic injectables such as Botox and fillers, people need to have a medical background and training of some form. This means that they must be medically trained as a Doctor, Nurse, Dentist, Pharmacist, or Paramedic. These rules were put in place to ensure that those completing Botox treatments and dermal filler treatments are medically trained in how to respond and how to act in a medical emergency situation.
However, while these rules are technically in place, there is little to no regulation in this subsection of the beauty industry, and an unknown amount of practitioners are currently injecting Botox and dermal filler without the correct medical training. Our team on no win no fee solicitors hear reports from clients every day, of botched Botox and filler treatments carried out by unqualified practitioners, often using fake 'Botox' products.
October 2021 introduction of age restrictions for Botox:
The proposed amendments to the Health and Care Bill come after other recent legislation aiming to improve regulation of the aesthetics industry. This involved the October 2021 introduction Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act. Under this new legislation, it is against the law to inject Botox or filler into someone under the age of 18, or even to make an appointment or arrangements to do so. The change came after years of lobbying and petitioning from regulatory bodies such as the Joint Counsel for Cosmetic Practitioners to bring regulation to the use of Botox in the beauty industry.
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