Establish minimum standards for the practice of cosmetic surgery, including
non-surgical procedures; and for connected purposes.
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
There shall be a body corporate known as the United Kingdom Implant
Registry (“the Registry”).
(2) The Registry will record details of implants, including—
(a) the date that the surgery occurred,
(b) the manufacturer, the model,
(c) where and when the implant was manufactured,
(d) the details of the person who underwent the implant procedure,
the name and location of the clinic where the surgical procedure was
the name of the clinic where the person who underwent the surgical
procedure received consultation services, and
the name and details of the practitioner who carried out and oversaw
the surgical procedure.
Details of each implant will be updated to allow for monitoring of clinical
The information held by the Registry, except the name and address of the
person who underwent the surgical procedure, will be publicly available.
The information described in subsection (2) will be available to the person who
underwent the surgical procedure or a medical practitioner on their behalf.
The Registry may issue a safety warning about an implant, manufacturer or
Cosmetic Surgery (Minimum Standards) BillPage 2
In the event of such a warning being issued the Registry will contact all the
There shall be a body corporate known as the United Kingdom Cosmetic
Surgery Regulatory and Standards Authority (“OffCos”).
(2) All practitioners of cosmetic surgery will be required to register with OffCos.
No practitioner not registered with OffCos shall undertake cosmetic surgery
and cosmetic intervention procedures.
OffCos will be responsible for issuing licences to practitioners and for licensing
surgical premises, and may withdraw licences if it considers practitioners and
premises to be unfit.
OffCos, in conjunction with the Care Quality Commission in England, the Care
and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, the Regulation and Quality
Improvement Authority in Northern Ireland, and the Care Commission in
Scotland, will be responsible for inspecting and licensing cosmetic surgery
practitioners and premises.
OffCos will operate a financial guarantee scheme which practitioners will be
required to join.
A person who in the course of a business publishes a cosmetic surgery or
cosmetic intervention procedure advertisement, or causes one to be published,
in the United Kingdom is guilty of an offence.
A person who in the course of a business prints, devises or distributes in the
United Kingdom a cosmetic surgery or cosmetic intervention procedure
advertisement which is published in the United Kingdom, or causes such a
cosmetic surgery or cosmetic intervention procedure advertisement to be so
printed, devised or distributed, is guilty of an offence.
Distributing a cosmetic surgery or cosmetic intervention procedure
advertisement includes transmitting it in electronic form, participating in
doing so, or providing the means of transmission.
A person guilty of an offence under section 2 or 3 is liable on summary
conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to a fine not
exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.
All non-surgical cosmetic intervention procedures, including practitioners and
products will be regulated and licensed by OffCos.
There is to be paid out of money provided by Parliament—
Cosmetic Surgery (Minimum Standards) BillPage 3
any expenditure incurred under or by virtue of this Act by the Secretary of
any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable under any other Act
out of money so provided.
(1) This Act may be cited as the Cosmetic Surgery (Minimum Standards) Act 2013.
This Act comes into force at the end of the period of 1 year beginning with the
day on which it is passed.
(3) This Act extends to England and Wales, and Scotland and Northern Ireland.