Published: 08 September 2023  (Updated: 08 September 2023)

Consultation on the Licensing of Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures

On 2 September 2023, the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) published the launch of a consultation seeking views on a proposed scheme where practitioners, and the premises from which they operate, will need to be licensed to perform specific non-surgical cosmetic procedures.  The scheme will be operated by local authorities in England.

The current regulatory framework places few restrictions on who can perform non-surgical cosmetic procedures.  The government recognises the concerns about the lack of regulation in this field and the potential dangers that this poses to the public.

The consultation is seeking views on:

  • the procedures in scope;
  • restrictions on which practitioners should be permitted to perform procedures;
  • age restrictions for those undergoing such procedures.

The consultation can be accessed here, and will run until the 28 October 2023. .

Article 2 of the UK Cosmetics Regulation (UKCR) and EU Cosmetic Products Regulation (CPR) includes the legal definition of a cosmetic product.  The definition provides a list of areas of application for cosmetics, which are the skin, hair, nails, lips, external genital organs, teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity.  Therefore, products that are injected are not cosmetics and are outside of CTPA remit.

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