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Plastic Surgery: Standards

Volume 471: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what legislation governs the standards of those performing aesthetic treatments, with particular reference to derma fillers. (181721)

The Care Standards Act 2000 and the Private and Voluntary Healthcare (England) Regulations 2001 cover cosmetic surgery and other listed services as set out in s2(7) of that Act. Any prescription-only medicines used in any treatment will be covered by the Medicines Act 1968. Most dermal fillers used in the United Kingdom are regulated as medical devices under the Medical Devices Regulations 2002.

In addition, any clinical professionals involved in surgical or non-surgical cosmetic treatments should adhere to the codes of professional conduct set out by their regulatory bodies.