REGULATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS USING CLASS 3B & 4 LASERS AND INTENSE PULSED LIGHT SYSTEMS: Ensuring good practice
Good practice will be achieved if establishments operating lasers/intense pulsed lights (IPLs) are required to provide evidence for the following key areas:
1.0 Safe Environment
2.0 Safe Equipment
3.0 Suitably Trained Operators
4.0 Appropriate Treatment Application
The requirements for delivering good practice within these four areas are outlined below.
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.
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British Medical Laser Association
DATE: 4th May 2017
Launch of the British Medical Laser Association (BMLA) “Essential Standards” for the safe use of laser & light sources in non-surgical aesthetic applications at the forthcoming BMLA Annual Conference
It is estimated that Non-surgical interventions such as treatments with Laser and IPL devices, account for 90% of all cosmetic procedures undertaken in the UK and contribute to 75% of the market value*. Despite the increasing abundance of laser/IPL clinics, in the vast majority of cases, the use of such devices for cosmetic treatments has not been regulated since 2010. Building upon previous work by Treatments you can Trust (TYCT), ALPHA – the Association of Laser Protection Advisers and HABIA – the Hair and Beauty Industry Association and encompassing key aspects of Laser/IPL standards produced by the Department of Health, the British Medical Laser Association in conjunction with TYCT are proud to announce the publication of the “Essential Standards” for the safe use of laser & light sources in non-surgical aesthetic applications.
The BMLA “Essential Standards” are specifically written to offer a clear and comprehensive set of industry standards for the use of non-surgical aesthetic application of Laser and IPL. In the absence of regulation, these standards provide the entire sector with the required guidance needed to implement best-practice and improve both patient and operator safety. The BMLA Essential Standards will be formally launched at their 35th Annual Conference to be held in Manchester (17th – 19th May).*Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions (Department of Health)
For Further information please contact Dr Jon Exley (Honorary Secretary of the BMLA) or Sally Taber (Director of Treatments you can Trust)
Email: JExley@Lynton.co.uk Tel: 07919 381431
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