Policy paper

Regulation of cosmetic interventions: government response

Sets out response to the independent review of the regulation of cosmetic interventions.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Government response to the review of the regulation of cosmetic interventions

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We fully accept the principles of the Keogh Review and the overwhelming majority of its recommendations for protecting people who choose cosmetic procedures.

Work is already underway on a number of the recommendations.

In particular:

  • the Royal College of Surgeons has set up an inter-specialty committee to ensure standards for cosmetic surgery and will work with the General Medical Council on a code of ethical conduct
  • Health Education England is leading a review of training for providers of some non-surgical procedures, such as botulinum toxin (commonly known as ‘Botox’) and dermal filler injections
  • creating a breast implant registry to reassure women that if problems arise they can be contacted, kept informed and called in for treatment if necessary
Published 13 February 2014