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Assurance scheme for botox clinics

A new scheme will enable people considering botox and other facial treatments to check the reputation of their clinic.

The government-backed scheme applies to injectable cosmetic treatments, including dermal fillers. It comes after criticism of the failure to tackle "rogue" medics.

Individual practitioners and organisations can apply for an industry "seal of approval" on safety and quality.

Registered nurses, doctors and dentists will fill out self-assessment forms listing their qualifications and training and will be asked for supporting documents.

They will also be judged against industry standards on managing medicines, infection control and appropriate environments.

Clinics will be able to register all their staff and will be subject to "spot checks" with 24 hours' notice.

The charity, Action against Medical Accidents, gave the move a cautious welcome, but criticised the government for not introducing statutory regulation.

There are thought to be 5,000 clinics in the UK carrying out an estimated 200,000 facial filler treatments a year.

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