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Local groups set cosmetic surgery standards

The British Association of Cosmetic Doctors (BACD) has appointed ten regional representatives to set standards for cosmetic surgery providers.

The new area representatives will offer guidance for BACD members and act as a reliable source of cosmetic surgery information for the public.

Chairman Dr John Curran said that the BACD are keen to work with the government to produce a self-regulatory system to overlay the checks already in place.

"This provides the public with increased confidence in the profession," he pointed out.

"We feel local groups will act as an authoritative resource for the community and also as a resource for our own local members and for non-doctor practitioners who will require an expert referral base for cosmetic dermatological problems."

The Expert Working Group on Cosmetic Surgery recommended in 2005 that the Healthcare Commission should be responsible for monitoring cosmetic procedures, such as Botox.

However, the government has shied away from imposing regulations, insisting that the industry itself should take the lead on improving safety through self-regulation.

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