Cosmetic procedure industry announces self-regulation
A quality mark is to be awarded to clinics which adhere to an agreed code of practice when performing non-surgical cosmetic procedures, BUPA has announced.
Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, chairman of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services’ (IHAS) Working Group on Cosmetic Surgery and medical director for BUPA, said that failing to follow codes of practice is bringing the industry into "disrepute".
Speaking at a Laing & Buisson conference on Wednesday, Dr Vallance-Owen explained that a set of key principles has been developed by the IHAS to self-regulate non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox.
Following a consultation process, the quality mark will be established and given to clinics who meet all the standards.
"Consumers also have an important role to play – by only taking their business to providers with the quality mark. Once introduced, they can help push cowboy providers out of the market," added Dr Vallance-Owen.
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