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New Aesthetic Surgery Standard Approved By BSI

Posted by Dr Ash Dutta on 4 January 2019

The European Aesthetic Surgery Industry has developed in conjunction with the British Standards Institution (BSI) and European Committee for Standardization (CEN) a brand new European Charter for Aesthetic Surgery. This standard is a breakthrough and of extreme importance to those who are Cosmetic Surgeons, potential clients or have an interest in the application of Aesthetic Surgery. Dr Ash Dutta, as the Secretary of the European Society of Aesthetic Surgery, was appointed as a non-voting member on the CEN TC-403 committee which preceded the Aesthetic Surgical Services. 

The new standard known as EN 16372, it is designed as a safeguard to ¨improve the level of surgical satisfaction for patients and their safety and to ensure consistently high standards among surgeons.¨ The adoption of this new standard will seek to reduce the risk of complications to patients during surgery and aftercare. 

EN 16732 will be promoted not just in the UK, but will be adopted by Aesthetic  Surgeons  across the rest of Europe and will be a prelude to further European standards related to non surgical cosmetic treatments that will once established, will be adopted post Brexit - whatever the outcome. 

One of the main concerns regarding such surgeries is that for the last two decades now the market for Aesthetic Surgery has expanded across Europe, and although many countries have good standards of practice - some corners of Europe have what are best described as ´unregulated markets´ and that in worst case scenarios, can lead to complications following surgery. The new standard will seek to protect the reputation of good, well established surgeons and help to ‘weed out’ those who are less than competent. 

Already the requirements that are setting the ground rules for aesthetic surgery in private hospitals and clinics include: 

  • Competencies
  • In-House Facilities
  • Patient Communication
  • Categories of risk levels
  • Consultation
  • Ethics and Marketing Procedures

The above are just some of the checks and balances that will equalize the clinical procedures both home and in the rest of Europe.

“It’s important that standards exist to provide confidence to patients and those working in the sector. EN 16372 will enable this to happen”, according to Anne Hayes - Head of Market Development for BSI Governance and Risk. 

The new standard has had the blessing and involvement of many other sectors of the clinical industries including; The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, The Independent Healthcare Advisory Service and the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons. 

¨Patient safety has to be the prime consideration for everyone working within this specialized field and patients can have the peace of mind that they are being treated by an appropriately qualified practitioner “, says Nigel Mercer - the Vice President of The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. 

Such established guidelines will now work hand in hand with other industry initiatives such as the established ISO 9001 Quality Management guide and the ISO 27001 that ensures the management of security and its relation to all aspects of patient and practitioner operations both at home and in the ever expanding European market. 

Although standards have always been high in the domestic markets both here and in Europe, potential clients and practitioners of aesthetic procedures can have confidence that EN 16372 will herald a new era of safety and aftercare following the strictest of guidelines.