Guidance for doctors who offer cosmetic interventions
The legal definition of FGM is very broad and may include procedures such as genital tattoos and piercing. It may be helpful to refer to guidance issued by government and the medical royal colleges, such as (accessed 7 March 2016).
Department of Health (England) (2013) (accessed 7 March 2016). See also the report of the . (Scottish Government, 2015)
You can read all of our existing guidance on our website.
You can get advice on effective clinical supervision from sources such as the Care Quality Commission’s (accessed 7 March 2016).
Medicines and medical devices in the UK are regulated by the (accessed 7 March 2016).
(PHIN) collects and publishes surgical information about independent healthcare to help patients make informed choices (accessed 7 March 2016).
See our guidance Openness and honesty when things go wrong.
See the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ (accessed 7 March 2016).
See Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board (Scotland)  UKSC 11.
See our guidance 0–18 years: guidance for all doctors for more information about the general principles you should follow, in addition to this guidance, when you treat children and young people.
See paragraphs 12 - 13 of 0–18 years: guidance for all doctors for guidance on assessing best interests.
‘Parents’ are people with parental responsibility.
See our Guidance for doctors acting as responsible consultants or clinicians
'Colleagues' include anyone a doctor works with, in and outside their team, whether or not they are also doctors.
See our guidance Delegation and referral.
The Committee of Advertising Practice (2013) (accessed 7 March 2016).
Treatments You Can Trust (2015) Policy Statement on the Advertising and Promotion of Non-Surgical Cosmetic Injectable Treatments by providers on the Treatments You Can Trust Register (accessed 7 March 2016).