We all want to ensure that we are delivering the best quality, safe care. Treatments performed with lasers and light sources have some inherent risks. In the UK, legislation and standards exist to help protect us, and our patients, from these risks. Nobody would want to find themselves operating outside of these standards, especially if it resulted in unnecessary harm.
Sometimes it is difficult to know which standards apply to us in the NHS or private healthcare setting. Well, now there is no excuse! The following article, penned by BMLA members and world renowned experts Dr Godfrey Town and Dr Elizabeth Raymond Brown, is an easy to read and thorough overview of the current laser standards applicable in the UK.
Dr Godfrey Town attended the 5-CC conference in Barcelona as an Invited Faculty Speaker where he provided a Teaching Course on ‘Core of Knowledge’ laser & intense light source (IPL) safety. Godfrey also gave two other oral presentations on light-based hair removal treatments and a comparison study on home-use IPL hair removal devices.
Dr Godfrey Town was an invited speaker at the IMCAS World Conference held in Paris in February 2017. One of the talks he gave focussed on current regulations and new standards in clinical practice education, as the UK is the first country to introduce specific educational standards in cosmetic training.
These requirements are aimed at ensuring that people are properly trained in the use and application of any products that they use — thereby making sure that patients’ safety comes first. This work follows an intensive engagement process with key figures from the cosmetics industry, regulators and professional bodies.
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