BACD welcomes tight control on aesthetics

Julian Caplan, president of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), has welcomed the results of an independent review into cosmetic interventions.

Last week, the committee revealed its blueprint for a major overhaul of the industry.

Julian said: ‘Following the recent PIP scandal, it is not surprising that other cosmetic treatments have recently come under the spot light.  However it is surprising that in the present world of the CQC and all that means to our profession that the review of the current regulations by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has shown such a lack of safeguards being in place to protect the general public.

‘His recommendations to control who provides facial aesthetic treatments, the requirement to show appropriate training, protection of the public from poor treatment, the installment of an Ombudsman and properly informed consent are all admirable and welcomed by the BACD.  I am sure many of us presumed that these controls were already in place and it is a concern that injectable products are not automatically governed by current regulations.’

He added: ‘Hopefully, following the implementation of these recommendations, future facial aesthetic treatment will be brought into the domain of appropriately trained professionals. Dentists receive advanced training at an undergraduate level in hard and soft tissue facial structures that are often relevant in facial aesthetics

‘With the level of documentation, safeguards and audit trails required by the CQC, we are an ideal group of professionals to undertake these procedures following specific training in facial aesthetic procedures.’

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