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Press Release 28th June 2019 -“Netherlands shows the way today in taming the ‘wild west’ of Aesthetic Medicine”


According to the market research company Mintel, 46% of Britons believe non-surgical procedures are increasingly becoming a part of everyday beauty routines.1 Yet the public remain at risk of procedures being carried out by untrained, unsupervised and unregulated hands.

In the Netherlands, today is a unique moment when aesthetics is being recognised as a medical speciality (1st July 2019).

The British College of Aesthetic Medicine is calling for UK legislators to follow suit in the interests of patient safety.

Regulation in aesthetic medicine is long overdue. The field is presently open to non-medical practitioners and with a multiplicity of professional registers and standards.

• Some medicines such as Botulinum Toxin (Botox) are available prescription-only. Others, such as dermal-fillers are classed as medical devices without such strict criteria applying to obtain quality product.

• Injections may be legally performed by virtually anyone on anyone.

• Premises are unregulated presenting a major issue for the performance of aesthetic procedures in places lacking an aseptic clinical environment, such as salons and other non-clinical premises.

• Lastly, it is possible for a practitioner to have had very little training with no formal assessment to set up as an ‘aesthetic practitioner’ which is not in the best interests of patients.

Whilst treatments continue to be offered in salons, spas and high street shops, rather than in clinical settings, the potential for under-qualified practitioners to remain under the radar remains acute.

Mr Greg White, Chief Executive of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine, said: “Today the Dutch equivalent of the GMC (the College of Medical Specialisms [CGS]) recognises aesthetics as a medical speciality. This is something that we in the UK need to look at seriously if we are to progress from an unregulated ‘industry’ into a ‘speciality.’”

Dr Paul Charlson, Cosmetic Dermatologist and President of BCAM added: “As a minimum, practitioners should be adequately trained, practise in an appropriate environment and have the ability to deal with any complications. This must be industry standard and hopefully legislation will follow.”

NOTES TO EDITORS: British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) – Shorne Clinic, Crown Lane, Shorne, Kent DA12 3DY 1 www.mintel.com/press-centre/beauty-and-personal-care/nip-tuck-or-fill-31-of-brits-are-interestedin-having-cosmetic-surgery-in-the-future  T: 01474 823900. Mr Greg White, Chief Executive greg.white@bcam.ac.uk 07708 249602 Dr Paul Charlson, President, paul.charlson@bcam.ac.uk 07545 371100

The British College of Aesthetic Medicine represents c350 cosmetic doctors and dentists whose mission is to help make aesthetic medicine safer, more ethical and more accessible to the general public.

The Netherlands College of Medical Specialisms (CGS) Cosmetic Medicine Decree 10th April 2019: contact Dr Sindy Plingsinga, Treasurer, The Dutch Society of Cosmetic Medicine – sindy@medicalbeautyclinic.nl contact@nvcg.nl https://www.nvcg.nl/