A voluntary registration scheme has been launched for practitioners and organisations that provide injectable cosmetic treatments, such as Botox.
The scheme will be run by the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services but has funding and support from the Department of Health.
Those who pass the IHAS Quality Assurance Scheme’s standards will be added to the “Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers” and given a quality assurance mark. Registration with the scheme costs £50.
IHAS director Sally Taber said: “The success of the IHAS Register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers depends on two things. First, encouraging appropriately qualified providers to join a national register and secondly for patients to be encouraged, through a long term programme of profile raising, to choose only those providers that are registered.
“Organisations and solo practitionersthat have been accepted for registration will be clearly listed on the scheme’s website, signposting patients to providers who are offering the care which accords with the standards and encouraging other providers to follow suit.”
There are currently an estimated 5,000 facilities carrying out an estimated 200,000 treatments a year in the UK.