Cosmetic surgery advertising ban urged by leading surgeons
2012 Group calls for tighter regulation of industry and says adverts for operations such as breast enlargement should be outlawed All adverts for cosmetic surgery such as breast enlargement and tummy tucks should be banned, say leading plastic surgeons who warn that the industry is an under-regulated "wild west". The group, based at the Royal College of Surgeons, has been concerned for some years about standards in the private cosmetic chains, which advertise widely in the tabloids and women's magazines. They want a ban as part of a six-point plan proposing tighter regulation of the industry, including registration and audit of surgeons
Cosmetic surgery ad 'clampdown'
2008 Cosmetic surgery clinics have been criticised by industry leaders for using misleading sales techniques. Serious decision; Douglas McGeorge, president of BAAPS and a consultant plastic surgeon, said: "Surgery is a serious undertaking which requires realistic expectations and should only proceed after proper consultation with a reputable and properly qualified clinician in an appropriate clinical setting."He added: "It is very difficult to regulate these adverts
Botox & Fillers
Botox rogues face safety crackdown
2006 The commission is also concerned about a further 3,000 hairdressers, nail bars and backstreet operators who provide Botox injections and cosmetic skin fillers to even out wrinkles. Under current law, these operators have no obligation to register, but the Department of Health is understood to be considering regulations to control them. It has evidence that materials being used as permanent skin fillers can destroy cells around the lips and eyes, causing permanent disfigurement
Cosmetic treatment industry faces tough regulation over 'grubby' tactics
2012 Government-ordered review hears calls to ban aggressive selling and protect patients after PIP scandal Tough regulation is likely after a government-ordered review heard sustained criticism of aggressive promotional tactics, salespeople rather than doctors advising on procedures, and patients being abandoned after a treatment went wrong.
Hard-sell, lies and unqualified staff at cosmetic surgery clinics
2008 People wanting cosmetic surgery are being told lies by clinics which press them to opt for expensive and risky operations and then use unqualified practitioners for the procedures, undercover investigators have found.
Cosmetic clinics 'downplay risks'
2008 Some cosmetic surgery clinics are using aggressive marketing and putting sales before patient safety, according to consumer group Which?. Undercover researchers at 19 clinics found the risks of procedures were often played down during sales pitches. Some of the clinics described invasive surgery as "scarless" or "minor procedure", said Which?, which wants tighter regulation of the industry. The government said the public needed to be aware of the risks. Which? sent undercover researchers, who recorded their consultations using hidden audio equipment, to chains and local clinics in London, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leicester, Cardiff and Bristol last summer.None of the clinics visited gave all the verbal and written information they should have, according to Which? In some, non-medical staff gave inappropriate and inaccurate advice.
And many outlets used pressure selling to try to rush people into surgery, such as offering discounts, buy-one-get-one-free offers or setting deadlines, it said.
Anger over 'cowboy' cosmetic risk
2007 People seeking cosmetic surgery risk poor treatment because lack of proper checks has allowed "cowboy" practices to thrive, says a leading surgeon. And allowing the industry to regulate itself could be disastrous, Douglas McGeorge, of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said. He said treatments such as Botox, and untested new products, were too freely available. The government claimed self-regulation would improve the quality of treatment
UK government cracks down on cowboy cosmetic clinics
2006 The UK government’s watchdog, The Health Commission is to target unregulated cosmetic surgery clinics.Unregistered clinics may face prosecution or closure because of the danger they pose to the public. The commission receives around 50 complaints each year from patients whose treatments have gone wrong. These include bothed treatments using lasers to remove hair, blemishes and tatooe
Inquiry ordered into private cosmetic surgery
July 2003 The chief medical officer, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, has called for a national review of private cosmetic surgery after an official inspection found that some clinics do not have proper procedures in place to carry out full checks on their surgeons. Some clinics have also used misleading statements in their advertisements and do not have proper systems for monitoring the quality of their work, said a report published today by the national care standards commission (NCSC).
Surgeons condemn 'appalling' lack of action on cosmetic surgery regulation
2012 Plastic surgeons say government has ignored its own Keogh report and as a result 'it's business as usual in the wild west' Cosmetic surgery will continue to be the wild west of medicine, say professional bodies, because of the government's failure to bring in the controls recommended by its own NHS medical director.
Medical devices and Chinese toys share same level of safety checks
2012 Manufacturers of breast implants and hip joints must get CE mark rather than licence based on evidence from clinical trials
British cosmetic surgery an unregulated mess, leading doctors warn
2009 Patients undergoing cosmetic surgery are at the mercy of an “unregulated mess” of an industry that puts marketing before safety with little risk of sanction, leading doctors warn today.
A regulator similar to Ofcom must be introduced to tackle the increasing incidence of poor practice, they say. Discount offers should be outlawed and a ban considered for promotions by clinics, such as billboard adverts.
Calls for reform of the cosmetics industry date back to 2005
The refusal of successive governments to properly regulate an industry clearly capable of inflicting medical harm – the cosmetic treatments business – is widely regarded as one of the most baffling and inexcusable failures of health policy in recent years.Fast forward almost eight years and very similar concerns remain – aggressive marketing techniques, too little information for patients, unqualified or underqualified practitioners carrying out potentially risky procedures and more. It remains, as Peter Walsh of Action against Medical Accidents puts it, "a murky industry which preys on people's insecurity or vanity and is badly in need of better regulation"
Poor UK regulation of cosmetic treatments is turning the public into "guinea pigs", warn campaigners.
2007 Which? magazine claims that companies are testing cosmetic fillers in the UK before applying for a US licence under more stringent rules. Only seven fillers - injectable substances used to reduce wrinkles - containing hyaluronic acid are licensed in the US compared with 65 in the UK.
Government regulators are currently reviewing the situation
Regulation to bring cosmetic surgery to heel
Jan 2005 The growth market in cosmetic surgery and procedures will face tough regulatory controls outlined today by the government Much of the industry performing penis and breast enlargements, facelifts, Botox fillers and laser treatment remains unregulated, and patients submitting to such procedures are ignorant of the risks, the chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, said today.
Plastic surgery laws go under the knife
Jan 2005 Clampdown on unqualified surgeons amid industry boom. Tough controls over cosmetic surgery are to be announced today by the government as two reports reveal the pitfalls of the nation's growing willingness to go under the knife in search of beauty.
Cosmetic Surgery (Minimum Standards) Bill 2012-13
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress
The Real Cost of Regulatory Affairs
2016 When correctly applied, regulatory affairs and compliance doesn’t impose any costs on industry and, it certainly ensures the highest level of safety and quality for patients, users, third parties and the environment. When regulations are incorrectly applied, the costs can quickly spiral out of control resulting in astronomical overheads for the business. But more importantly, there can be serious risks to human health which are immeasurable.
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This statement itself makes my blood boil .....
How dare they ? Ok I agree clinics need looking into , but hang on do they ??
They are allowed to do this to women , they are allowed to SHUT SHOP and RE-OPEN leaving their liabilities behind and women .
They don`t even have to have insurance .
They are actually given time to actually PREPARE for " Closing Shop "
Dec 2010 and thru 2011 they knew clinics were walking away from their responsibilities,
But they laid back and just let them.
Coming out with their Crap... Clinics have a Moral Duty Ohhhhh really .. Where`s yours to step in and stop these clinics doing this ...
NO YOU DIDN`T which brings me back to `Review into Grubby Practices `
Who are they really talking about.?
Well it doesn`t take Einstein to work that out "
THE GOVERNMENT ARE GRUBBY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!