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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Regulation of Dermal Fillers


Following public consultation, the SNP Government is considering measures to regulate for non-surgical cosmetic procedures that pierce or penetrate the skin, such as dermal fillers.

The consultation showed that 98% of respondents agreed that further regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures was needed. Most of the respondents felt that non-surgical cosmetic procedures should be conducted by trained, qualified and regulated healthcare professionals.


Measures to enhance public safety around the procedures will be considered which would restrict who can administer dermal fillers, also known as lip or face fillers, and would mean anyone administering must meet rigorous hygiene and clinical standards.

The SNP Government will also scope other procedures to consider the need for further regulation.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“If things go wrong with lip filler, the complications can often cause long term damage that can only be reversed or limited by the urgent administration of specific prescription-only medication. In cases like that, people wish they never had the procedure done in the first place.

“The SNP Government wants to ensure that all non-surgical cosmetic procedures carried out across North Ayrshire and Scotland are delivered from hygienic premises by appropriately trained practitioners, applying recognised standards and using legitimate products."

The SNP Government will now consider legislation, subject to further stakeholder engagement and consultation.

Secondary legislation will also be considered to bring pharmacists who provide services outside of NHS contracts under the regulation of HIS by adding them to the list of service providers included in the definition of an independent clinic in section 10F of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978. The public consultation overwhelmingly supported this proposal.

Public Consultation on the Regulation of Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures: Scottish Government response to the Analysis Report findings

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