Cosmetic Interventions

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th February 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Finlay of Llandaff Baroness Finlay of Llandaff Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to introduce mandatory regulation of the cosmetic surgery and cosmetic interventions industry, and on what basis the voluntary system of regulation of this industry is predicated.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We have asked Sir Bruce Keogh, the National Health Service medical director, to lead a review into all aspects of the regulation of cosmetic surgery and other cosmetic interventions with the potential to cause harm, and we cannot pre-empt the outcomes of that review. Many aspects of cosmetic treatment are already subject to statutory regulation: for instance, hospitals and clinics that provide cosmetic surgery are regulated by the Care Quality Commission; and cosmetic implants are subject to the European Union's medical devices directives.

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