In the aftermath of the scandal around PIP breast implants, the DH is reviewing the regulation of cosmetic interventions. The publication of the summary of feedback on the 31 December 2012, in advance of recommendations for reform which will follow in the spring, highlighted some interesting views. Most respondents felt the review was timely and that reform of the regulatory framework was overdue. Common themes emerged around the provision of information and advice, safety and quality and transparency and accountability, in particular:

  • Need for change in the training, revalidation and accreditation of professionals
  • The importance of good record-keeping as an essential part of patient care
  • The need for private providers of cosmetic intervention to meet the quality and safety standards expected of the NHS
  • The recording of devices and implants used by providers, and the regular audit of providers and practitioners
  • Support for a two-stage consent process for surgical procedures
  • The banning of financial inducements promoting cosmetic interventions

A final report and recommendations will follow.