Shaping public debate and policy on cosmetic procedures in the UK

Impact: Societal impacts, Health impacts

Narrative

Anthropological research on the body, biotechnology and 'public understanding' of science, undertaken by Professor Jeanette Edwards, has informed the development of policy on and led to the improvement of practice in the cosmetic procedures industry in the UK, and also informed the public awareness about regulation of the industry. Specifically, the research findings have:

1. raised public awareness of the health risks of the unregulated provision of cosmetic procedures and the need for better regulation of providers, premises and products;
2. informed and supported professional bodies in shaping best practice and training;
3. shaped the development of proposals for new legislation to improve the regulation of the cosmetic procedures industry in the UK.
Impact date20152020
Category of impactSocietal impacts, Health impacts