New European Standard on non-surgical aesthetics is published!

A new European Standard on non-surgical aesthetics has been published by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

The Standard, titled Aesthetic medicine services – Non‑surgical medical treatments EN 16844, was published on July 31 and is available now.

It is designed to bring an improvement to aesthetic medicine services, to enhance patient safety and reduce the risk of complications, promote consistently high standards for aesthetic medicine service providers across Europe, and increase patient satisfaction.

The Standard covers a vast range of treatments, including chemical peels, botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers, microneedling, laser and IPL, ultrasound and cryolipolysis. Other topics covered are: competencies,management and communication with patients, facilities, treatments, and code of ethics for marketing and advertising.

According to the BSI, the government oftendraws on standards when putting together legislation or guidance documents.

Aesthetic nurse prescriber and chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) Sharon Bennett represented the BACN and aesthetic nurses on the UK BSI Committee. Bennett said, “This European standard represents years of hard work from a wide variety of medical specialists and consumer representatives in non surgical aesthetic procedures. For both nurses and doctors in the UK it gives us a sensible benchmark in good practice and may ultimately be used more widely to support other work being carried out nationally.”

She continued, “Having been part of the committee myself it has been a challenging journey to enable nurses onto the standard but we are firmly on it. I thank all those who helped me secure our firm position on this standard.”

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