Better protection for cosmetic procedures

Published: 23 May 2018

New laws have been introduced that will better protect people having cosmetic procedures or treatment.

People having a cosmetic procedure or treatment including anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers will be better protected under strengthened legislation that has passed NSW Parliament.

The new laws will help ensure medicines used in cosmetic treatments are administered safely. They also require that anyone performing a high-risk procedure, such as a breast augmentation, must do so in a licensed facility or risk facing a fine of $55,000.

Operators could be fined up to $110,000 for breaches of the new regulatory requirements that put clients at risk, including the access and use of cosmetic medicines.

The Bill amends the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act to create a new classification for medicines used in cosmetic procedures, such as anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said consumers are still urged to be cautious.

“Remember that no cosmetic procedure is risk-free. Do your research and check that your practitioner is legitimate,” Mr Hazzard said.

“If a person claims to be a doctor or nurse, you can search the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website to check they’re registered.”

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