Safety in Beauty founder meets Prime Minister to push for regulation
Founder of The Safety in Beauty Campaign Antonia Mariconda met with Prime Minister Teresa May on May 4 to discuss regulation in the aesthetics industry.
The Safety in Beauty Campaign was established to educate consumers about where and how to access safe, reputable aesthetic treatments.
Mariconda met with the Prime Minister to present a report written by the group’s members that set out its five main areas of concern and called for mandatory regulation of the aesthetics industry.
The report highlighted the campaign's call for mandatory regulation whereby only qualified medical professionals are permitted to carry out non-invasive aesthetic procedures.
It also suggested a need for regulation around appropriate patient selection and psychological screening, and a change in the law to introduce mandatory insurance cover for anyone carrying out medical aesthetic cosmetic procedures.
Mariconda attended the meeting with Dr Selena Langdon, an aesthetic doctor representing industry medical professional group KMAM (Keep Medical Aesthetics Medical).
The pair presented an audit by The Safety in Beauty Campaign which underlined more than 1,200 complaints made by the public in 2017 of treatments gone wrong.
Safety in Beauty said that the Prime Minister agreed the report would be investigated by the Department of Health.
Mariconda commented: “…our primary goal was to give the public a representative voice in demonstrating how the industry has become a cash-lucrative wild west enticing thousands of unqualified and poorly trained cosmetic cowboys to enter the arena, our concern and major priority is public safety, and the potential for serious risks and complications is now at crisis point.”
Image left to right: Prime Minister Teresa May, Dr Selena Langdon, Antonia Mariconda