Ahpra and National Boards are reforming the regulation of registered health practitioners who work in the cosmetics sector in Australia, to improve practice and standards, public safety and informed consumer choice.
Ahpra and relevant National Boards are proposing to develop the following new guidelines for registered health practitioners who perform and/or advertise non-surgical cosmetic procedures:
The guidelines will set out what National Boards expect of practitioners who are performing and/or advertising non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) intend to develop nursing-specific practice guidelines, building on their Position statement on nurses and cosmetic medical procedures. The NMBA’s practice guidelines will be similar to the other National Boards’ guidelines for practitioners who perform non-surgical cosmetic procedures, and consultation on all the guidelines is planned to occur at the same time.
Ahpra and National Boards are consulting now on the proposed new practice and advertising guidelines. Consultation is open until 2 February 2024.
Information on how you can provide feedback can be found on the Ahpra Consultations page.
The cosmetic procedures sector has unique features that increase public risk. The guidelines will provide clarity for relevant health practitioners working in this sector and clarity for consumers undergoing non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Some of the unique features of the non-surgical cosmetic procedures sector include:
The proposed practice guidelines will apply to registered health practitioners who work in this area of practice, including but not limited to nurse practitioners, registered nurses, enrolled nurses, dental practitioners, podiatrists and Chinese medicine practitioners.
The proposed advertising guidelines will apply to all registered health practitioners who advertise non-surgical cosmetic procedures, including medical practitioners and nurses.
New guidelines will be informed by the Medical Board’s work on the following guidelines which came into effect on 1 July 2023:
You are encouraged to read the section relating to non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the Medical Board’s guidelines to understand the areas likely to be included in proposed guidelines.
For example, the Medical Board’s guidelines cover some of the following areas:
Changes will not apply until the proposed guidelines have been subject to public consultation and approval by National Boards. Consultation is occurring from 27 November 2023 to 2 February 2024, and finalisation of the proposed guidelines is likely to be sometime in 2024.
We know most health practitioners are already doing the right thing to keep the public safe.
In the meantime, while the proposed guidelines are under development, registered health practitioners1 who perform non-surgical cosmetic procedures should ensure their practice aligns with their National Board’s code of conduct and any other relevant guidance.
Further, nurses who perform non-surgical cosmetic procedures should ensure their practice aligns with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Position statement on nurses and cosmetic medical procedures.
In addition, dental practitioners who perform non-surgical cosmetic procedures should ensure their practice aligns with the Dental Board of Australia Fact sheet: The use of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers by dentists and Guidance for registered dental practitioners: Using and supplying teeth whitening products.
All registered health practitioners are also encouraged to read the Medical Board’s practice guidelines.
In the meantime, registered health practitioners who advertise non-surgical cosmetic procedures should:
Call our Cosmetic Surgery Hotline 1300 361 041 or visit the Cosmetic Surgery Hub
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