As of March 2017 onwards, various cosmetic procedures must be performed in an appropriately licensed facility, pursuant to the Private Health and Facilities Regulation 2017. Despite this change in the law, there is growing concern in relation to the safety of patients undergoing cosmetic procedures in Australia.

On 28 September 2017, the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission issued a public warning about unsafe and illegal practices in beauty and cosmetic clinics in response to complaints about the use of unregistered products and unlawful medications that have not been registered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. The notice outlines the Commission’s serious concerns that medical related procedures are being performed by persons who are not appropriately qualified as a medical practitioner.

This public warning is available online at—decisions/Public-statements-and-warnings/Public-Warning-under-s94A-of-the-Health-Care-Complaints-Act—Unsafe-and-Illegal-Practices-at-Beauty-and-Cosmetic-Clinics

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At Turner Freeman we have lawyers who specialise in medical negligence claims. Our Sydney partner, Sally Gleeson, along with her team of lawyers, have a dedicated practice in medical law.

If you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence, including a situation in which you have suffered injury as a result of cosmetic procedures, we encourage you to call us on 13 43 63 to speak with one of our medical law experts.