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Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures: Children

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 6799, tabled on 22 January 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 21 October 2019 to Question 757 on cosmetic fillers and Botox injections for children, what progress he is making on (a) the review of industry standards of practice; (b) ensuring that effective registration and regulation of companies performing cosmetic interventions and (c) assessing the health risks and psychological impact of access arrangements to injectable cosmetic procedures by children.

Answered on

30 January 2020

The Government remains committed to improving the safety of cosmetic procedures through better training for practitioners, and clear information so that people can make informed decisions about their care.

The Department continues to consult with stakeholders on industry standards of practise and the health risks posed by current access arrangements to non-surgical cosmetic procedures. On the basis of the evidence gathered to date, the Government supports the principle of increased protections for children and young people for some injectable cosmetic procedures. The Department is exploring the legal implications and potential impacts of an age restriction that would bring these procedures in line with other body modifications such as tattoos and sunbed use.