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Government delays regulation for non-surgical cosmetic procedures

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: (Published 03 February 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p277
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

The government has rejected an urgent call by MPs to bring in a new licensing regime for non-surgical procedures such as Botox injections, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and non-surgical laser interventions.

Ministers also rejected recommendations by the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee to make dermal fillers available as prescription only substances—as Botox is—and to bring in specific standards for premises that provide non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

The government also rejected several recommendations aimed at tackling obesity—including a dedicated eating disorder strategy, annual health and wellbeing checks for every child and young person, and restrictions on buy-one-get-one free deals for foods and drinks high in fat, salt, or sugar.

In August 2022 the committee published a report, The Impact of Body Image on Mental and Physical …

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