Update on RCS Cosmetic Inter-specialty Committee (CISC)

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One of the recommendations in the Government response to Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions chaired by Sir Bruce Keogh was that Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) should establish a Cosmetic Inter-specialty Committee (CISC) to improve regulation in the sector to ensure high quality care and an informed and empowered public. There was a recent consultation document regarding the training and certification of surgeons carrying out cosmetic procedures and the consultation period ended in March 2015
Many members of the CISC also sit on the British Standards Institute (BSI) Aesthetic Surgery and Aesthetic Non-Surgical Medical Services Committee. Under the direction of the Standards Policy & Strategy Committee tCH/403 this committee is responsible for UK input into CEN/TC 403 (European Standard). It is also responsible for the preparation, publication and review of British Standards focusing on governance and resilience in this healthcare sector.

The British Standards on Aesthetic surgery services BS EN 16372:2014 was published in January 2015. Currently the committee has reviewed all the comments received from the UK public consultation of the prEN 16844 draft standard ‘Aesthetic medicine services- Non-surgical medical procedures’ and will be sending a small delegation to the 9th meeting of CEN/TC 403 in Vienna where all comments submitted on prEN 16844 by all countries will be discussed in September 2015.

Of note also is that the GMC has just initiated a public consultation on their draft guidance for all doctors who offer cosmetic interventions that finishes on the 1st September 2015. So BOPSS members are encouraged to take part. http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/news_consultation/27171.asp

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