BAPRAS member helps lead development of Scottish cosmetic regulation changes

17th July 2015


Private clinics offering non-surgical cosmetic interventions in Scotland will be regulated from April 2016 following the Scottish Government’s adoption of recommendations made by the Scottish Cosmetic Interventions Expert Group (SCIEG).

The SCIEG is chaired by BAPRAS member Andy Malyon, who was asked to form the group by the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland with the aim of looking at the best way to regulate the growing cosmetic industry following the Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions, conducted by Sir Bruce Keogh in 2013.

The SCIEG report proposes a three-phase regulation regime, starting with private clinics. The second phase will look at a number of high risk procedures, including dermal fillers. The final phase will develop a system of regulation for other groups of practitioners. 

The report includes new research that reveals only 23 per cent of Scots have a fair amount of confidence in non surgical cosmetic procedures. A total of 4 per cent of the population have had a cosmetic procedure.

The regulation of private clinics will be managed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, which has been responsible for regulating private hospitals conducting cosmetic surgery since 2011.

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