A registration scheme is to be set up for practitioners and organisations that provide injectable cosmetic treatments, such as Botox, for the first time.
There are currently around 5,000 facilities carrying out around 200,000 injectable treatments a year, which are not covered by regulators set up by the government, such as the Care Quality Commission.
The new industry led scheme is designed to “safeguard patients from treatments carried out by unqualified rogue practitioners”
It will be run by the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services, but has support and funding from government. The Department of Health has given a one off contribution of £200,000 to help set up the scheme.
Cosmetic practitioners that pass the IHAS Quality Assurance Scheme’s standards and inspections will be added to the “Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers” and given a quality assurance mark.
The voluntary scheme will cover nurses, doctors and dentists from March, with other providers able to join in future. The IHAS will review the standards after the first year
IHAS director and former nurse Sally Taber said: “The IHAS Quality Assurance Scheme will protect patients by providing them with a list of registered providers that comply with good practice standards for injectable cosmetic treatments.”