14 September 2018

NSW Health is reminding consumers and health service providers to help create new regulations to better protect people wanting anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.

Submissions close on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said NSW Health will use the feedback to help draft the regulations for medicines used in cosmetic procedures, announced earlier this year.

“This call for input is an opportunity to be part of providing world-class regulations where patient safety and consumer protection are top priorities,” Dr Chant said.

“We’re keen to hear from people who may have had one of these procedures or worked at a clinic to tell us what they think, particularly on the health and safety of procedures being performed.

“While most practitioners and clinics do the right thing by patients, NSW Health has an obligation to investigate and respond to unsafe practices.

“Practitioners who are already operating safely are not the target of strengthened regulations, and we encourage their feedback to help us draft industry changes.”

Changes to the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 earlier this year created a new classification for medicines used in cosmetic procedures.

The legislation could see dodgy operators fined up to $110,000 for breaches of the regulatory requirements that put clients at risk.

The consultation process coincides with a NSW Fair Trading campaign to help consumers understand their rights and responsibilities in regards to beauty treatments and cosmetic procedures.

NSW Health regulates various aspects of cosmetic health services, including cosmetic surgical procedures, which are required to be carried out at licensed private hospitals, and the handling of prescription medications. This complements the role of agencies such as the Therapeutic Goods Administration and NSW Fair Trading.

To provide feedback and comment, please email:MOH-Cosreg@moh.health.nsw.gov.au

For information on key questions to ask before considering any cosmetic procedure, please visit: Regulation of anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.