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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09647: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on making it compulsory for people who administer dermal fillers to be registered.

Answered by: Shona Robison 30 June 2017

In April 2015, the Scottish Cosmetic Interventions Expert Group (SCEIG) published a report on regulation of independent healthcare and its recommendations were accepted by Ministers. Since implementation of Phase 1 of regulation on 1 April 2016, independent clinics run by a doctor, dentist, nurse, midwife and dental technician, who administer dermal fillers, are required to be registered with Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Work on Phase 2 of the regulation has commenced and is focused on cosmetic procedures provided by non-healthcare regulated practitioners (beauty/cosmetic salons).

Dermal fillers are neither a prescription medicine nor are they classed as a medical device unless submitted for a CE mark as a product with an intended medical purpose.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), an executive agency of the Department of Health, is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe and the Scottish Government has no input in this decision making process.