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The Importance of Licensing Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

The recent amendment to the Health and Care Act 2022, brought forth by the government, marks a crucial step towards consumer safety in the realm of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has been granted the authority to establish a licensing scheme in England for this burgeoning sector. The primary aim is to ensure that consumers are confident in the quality and safety of the treatments they receive.

In this blog post, we will delve into the specifics of the proposed licensing scheme and discuss the various matters up for public consultation. Your views are essential in shaping a framework that is both robust and reflective of public needs and expectations.

Proposed licensing scheme

Treatment types

The first matter open for discussion is the types of non-surgical cosmetic procedures that should be incorporated within the licensing scheme. These could range from dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections to non-surgical facelifts and laser treatments. The objective is to determine which treatments carry enough risk to warrant oversight and regulatory compliance.

Qualified practitioners

Another critical point of consultation is whether certain procedures should only be executed by qualified and regulated healthcare professionals or under their direct clinical supervision. This restriction could serve as an additional layer of assurance for consumer safety, ensuring that the practitioners are adequately trained and capable of managing any complications that may arise.

CQC-registered providers

The consultation also seeks opinions on whether procedures permitted exclusively for qualified and regulated healthcare professionals should only be conducted by Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered providers. This would add an extra layer of verification, ensuring that the premises and staff comply with stringent healthcare standards.

Age restrictions

Finally, consideration is being given to imposing age restrictions on those seeking specific non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Such restrictions are already in place for botulinum toxin injections, cosmetic fillers, tattoos, teeth whitening, and sunbed usage. The question is whether similar age restrictions should be applied to other non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

Why your views matter

As we stand at the cusp of reforming a rapidly growing industry, your insights are invaluable. Public consultation allows for a more democratic approach to lawmaking, ensuring that regulations are not just comprehensive but also pragmatic.

How to participate

To submit your views on these matters, click the button below.


The proposed licensing scheme for non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England represents a critical step towards heightened consumer protection. The consultation process gives you an excellent opportunity to influence the direction of these vital reforms. Your participation could help shape a safer, more accountable industry for everyone involved.

Do lend your voice to this essential dialogue; together, we can strive for the highest standards in non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

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Mike Saul


Michael Saul is a partner at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, where he brings his extensive specialist legal expertise and passion for helping people to the forefront of his work. With a proven track record of success in cosmetic surgery negligence cases, Michael has dedicated his career to providing clients with the highest level of representation and achieving favourable outcomes.

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