Using this guidance

This guidance incorporates principles from our existing guidance, and is structured under the four domains of Medical practice. In some cases, it sets a higher standard than in our other guidance to address the specific safety issues and ethical concerns particular to the cosmetic sector, as recommended by Sir Bruce Keogh’s Review of the regulation of cosmetic interventions.2 You must read this guidance alongside our other guidance3 for a full understanding of the expected standards of practice.

Throughout this document we’ve highlighted certain paragraphs of our other guidance, which you must read to get the full picture. You can also find these extracts in the links on the right hand side.

Throughout this guidance, we use the terms ‘you must’ and ‘you should’ in the following ways.

  • ‘You must’ is used for an overriding duty or principle.
  • ‘You should’ is used when we are providing an explanation of how you will meet the overriding duty.
  • ‘You should’ is also used where the duty or principle will not apply in all situations or circumstances, or where there are factors outside your control that affect whether or how you can follow the guidance.

To maintain your licence to practise, you must demonstrate, through the revalidation process, that you work in line with the principles and values set out in this guidance. Serious or persistent failure to follow this guidance will put your registration at risk.

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