Back in May we published a blog highlighting The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act 2021, within this blog we detailed the process in place to make it illegal for those under the age of 18 to have such cosmetic procedures. You can read up on it here!
We are pleased to announce the act has now been passed and from October 1st 2021 it is now in action.
What does this mean for the aesthetic industry?
The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act 2021 makes it a criminal offence to make arrangements for, or administer botulinum toxin and cosmetic fillers to persons under the age of 18 years old, enforced by a local authority regulatory regime.
A person or business who commits an offence is liable on summary conviction to an unlimited fine.
Although it is important to add that some aesthetic treatments can be used for medical needs. So if arranged by a doctor due to ongoing conditions such as hyperhidrosis, migraines, jaw clenching etc, under 18s are still able to have the procedures from a limited range of registered health professionals where there is an assessed medical need.
At Cosmetic Courses we are pleased to hear of such changes to the industry, helping to implement some regulation and stop any unneeded cosmetic procedures for under 18s. Helping to shape a better future!