Scottish Government opens consultation on the regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures

21 January 2020

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The Scottish Government has opened a new consultation seeking views on the need for further regulation to ensure the safety of people considering, or undergoing, cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers or lip enhancement.

In Scotland, independent clinics run by a doctor, nurse, dentist, dental nurse, midwife or dental care professionals who provide these procedures are regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS). 

However, non-surgical cosmetic procedures that pierce or penetrate the skin, such as lip enhancement or dermal fillers, are not currently regulated and can be carried out by anyone. There is a growing potential risk posed by an increase in unregulated premises carrying out these procedures.

In addition, a number of pharmacists have entered the field and are providing injectable procedures in premises that are not currently regulated by HIS.

The consultation opened on 17 January and will remain open for comments until 30 April 2020.

Source: Scottish Government, 17 January 2020