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Development of new guidance for doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures

During 2015 we will be developing new ethical guidance for doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures. This is in response to concerns outlined in Sir Bruce Keogh’s report and the Government’s response on the regulation of cosmetic interventions.

We aim to produce guidance which is clear, helpful and relevant to doctors’ needs that will help ensure that patients considering or undergoing cosmetic procedures receive safe care and treatment. The guidance will build on the principles established in our core guidance, Good medical practice and the explanatory guidance that supports it, to explain how these principles apply when doctors offer cosmetic treatments.

As a first step in developing this guidance we have set up a task and finish group which is chaired by Dr Judith Hulf, Senior Medical Adviser to the GMC.

The other members of the Group are:

Name Organisation
Michael Cadier British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Steve Cannon Royal College of Surgeons (England)
Claire Grainger Independent nurse practitioner
Mark Henley British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
Carol Jollie Health Education England
Nicholas Lowe British Cosmetic Dermatology Group
Jose Miola University of Leicester, Academic in Law
Sally Taber Independent Health Advisory Services
Simon Withey Professional and clinical standards sub group
Geoff Wykurz GMC lay associate

The membership of this Group reflects professional, public and employer perspectives. The members should be able to provide input on the ethical, legal and practical considerations, relevant healthcare policies and practice, and the views and experiences of professionals and other key interest groups.

What happens next?

This is only the first phase of our guidance development process.

In June 2015 we will launch a formal public consultation on our draft new guidance. We will also hold a number of events during the consultation period to ensure that key interest groups have had an opportunity to contribute to the development of the draft guidance.

We expect to publish the final guidance in early 2016.

We will then look at developing other learning materials to support the guidance which can directly address specific scenarios or practices. This may take the form of decision-making tools, flowcharts or interactive case studies.

How you can get involved

If you have any questions or think you may be able to help with this project please e-mail us at cosmeticpracticeproject@gmc-uk.org.