Report on the Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic ProceduresThe NSW Minister for Health, the Hon. Brad Hazzard MP, requested NSW Health undertake a review to determine whether the current regulation of cosmetic procedures is appropriate to ensure the safety of consumers.

Key recommendations

The report made nine recommendations which have been, or are in the process of being, implemented including:

  • a new offence for medical practitioners who carry out certain cosmetic services and treatment in an unlicensed private health facility
  • tighter regulations for the prescribing, use, storage, access, and administration of medicines commonly used in procedures
  • additional regulations on extreme body modification procedures which are carried out by non-medical practitioners.

What to do if you are considering having a cosmetic procedure

Before having any cosmetic procedure:

  • Seek advice from a medical practitioner before having a procedure to get information about any health or infection risks that might be involved – your GP would be a good first port of call.  
  • Check the experience and qualifications of the person performing the procedure. If the person claims to be a doctor or nurse, you can search the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website to see if they are registered in Australia and if there are any conditions on their practice.
  • Don’t jump in. Take your time deciding what you want and if you wish to proceed. These can be complex procedures. Your provider should give you detailed information about what is involved and the possible risks. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and read any information you are given carefully and make sure you understand the implications before you agree to proceed.
  • Check whether the cosmetic procedure you are considering is on the list of treatments that must be performed at a licensed private health facility or public hospital. Licensed private health facilities should display a copy of their licence. You can also check whether the clinic is licensed by referring to the list of licensed facilities.
  • Compare the prices quoted for the procedure or medication with competitors. If the prices quoted are far less than competitors, this can indicate the products may be counterfeit or not Australian registered medicines.

After a cosmetic procedure

  • If there are any complications after a cosmetic procedure – seek medical advice. 
  • Refer any complaints concerning the quality of cosmetic procedures to the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC).

More information

For more information, about the review, refer to the Report on the Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Procedures and Frequently asked questions.

For more information regarding unsafe and illegal practices at beauty and cosmetic clinics, visit:

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Page Updated: Saturday 28 April 2018
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