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Publication of Standards for Cosmetic Practice

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29 Jan 2013

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has welcomed the Professional Standards for Cosmetic Practice, published today by the Royal College of Surgeons of England, as a step forward in improving patient safety in the cosmetic sector.

Responding to the standards, the President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Mr Ian Ritchie said:

"The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is committed to promoting the highest standards of surgical practice. There is currently a lack of consistent professional standards in cosmetic surgical practice and we welcome these standards as a step towards addressing this situation.  

"Developing better ways to measure and publish outcomes, and offering support in investigating and resolving problems, are areas in which The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is keenly interested. Indeed, we are currently in discussions with stakeholder groups to investigate how we can best support these areas."

Judy Evans, College Council Member and a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, said:

"The College works closely with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and, like them, we believe that there is a need for stricter controls in the cosmetic sector. We hope that these standards and the review currently being taken by NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, will help improve outcomes for patients and ensure that patients undergoing cosmetic surgery are provided routinely with the information they require to give fully-informed consent." 

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