NSW Health is calling for public submissions as part of a redrafting of regulations governing the cosmetics industry.
Consumers and health service providers are being invited to help create the new regulations designed to better protect people wanting anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said NSW Health would use the feedback to help draft the regulations for medicines used in cosmetic procedures, announced earlier this year.
“This call for input is an opportunity to be part of providing world-class regulations where patient safety and consumer protection are top priorities,” Dr Chant said.
“We’re keen to hear from people who may have had one of these procedures or worked at a clinic to tell us what they think, particularly on the health and safety of procedures being performed.
“While most practitioners and clinics do the right thing by patients, NSW Health has an obligation to investigate and respond to unsafe practices.
“Practitioners who are already operating safely are not the target of strengthened regulations, and we encourage their feedback to help us draft industry changes.”
Changes to the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 earlier this year created a new classification for medicines used in cosmetic procedures, such as anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.
The legislation could see dodgy operators fined between $22,000 and $110,000 for breaches of the regulatory requirements that put clients at risk.
The consultation process coincides with a NSW Fair Trading campaign to help consumers understand their rights and responsibilities in regards to beauty treatments and cosmetic procedures.
Submissions close September 17.
To provide feedback and comment visit http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/legislation/Pages/cosmetic-regulation-submission.aspx
or email MOH-Cosreg@moh.health.nsw.gov.au