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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16832: Kate Forbes (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 22 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to regulate the cosmetic hair transplant industry.

Answered by: Shona Robison 6 June 2018

The Scottish Government has progressed the work of the Scottish Cosmetic Interventions Expert Group significantly with the development, consultation and implementation of new legislation to regulate all independent healthcare clinics in Scotland where services are provided by a doctor, dentist, nurse, dental care technician or midwife.

All clinics run by this group of healthcare professionals are required to register with Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) and meet their conditions for registration, including the environment in which the work is undertaken and the business viability. Failure to register with HIS could lead to the clinics and their management being referred to the Procurator Fiscal’s Office which could result in a criminal conviction. By introducing this legislation the Scottish Government has acted to regulate cosmetic hair transplants carried out in independent healthcare clinics as described above.