Regulatory Bodies

Always check that your practitioner is listed with their appropriate medical regulatory body and is complying with any restrictions on practice they may have!

General Dental Council (GDC)

The GDC regulates dentists and dental care professionals in the UK. All qualified dentists will be registered with the GDC. It sets dental standards, quality assures education and investigates concerns about treatment or conduct. The GDC highlights that aesthetic treatment is within the Scope of Practice of dentists (not other dental professionals) and gives guidance to them for appropriate practice. 

Reporting aesthetic dentists to the GDC

If you have had substandard treatment from a dentist, you can report them to the GDC for investigation. If appropriate, the GDC can impose restrictions on the dentist’s practice or strike them off the register. While striking them off won’t necessarily mean they have to stop practising aesthetics – as technically anyone can do so – they will not be able to promote themselves as a dentist. If you are about to book aesthetic treatment with a dentist, it is advised that you check they are listed on the GDC register in advance.

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General Medical Council (GMC)

The GMC regulates doctors in the UK. It aims to protect patients, while improving medical education and practice, by setting standards and overseeing training for qualified doctors and surgeons, who will all be listed on the GMC register. The GMC also gives guidance and sets standards for doctors and surgeons who are performing aesthetic treatments.

Reporting aesthetic doctors or surgeons to the GMC

If you have had substandard aesthetic treatment from a doctor or surgeon, you can report them to the GMC for investigation. If appropriate, the GMC can impose restrictions on their practice or strike them off the register. While striking them off won’t necessarily mean the doctor or surgeon has to stop practising aesthetics – as technically anyone can do so – they will not be able to promote themselves as a doctor or surgeon. If you are about to book aesthetic treatment with a doctor or surgeon, it is advised that you check they are listed on the GMC register in advance.

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General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

The GPhC regulates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies in the UK. All those qualified will be registered with the GPhC. It works on protecting and promoting the health and safety of the public by upholding standards. The GPhC offers guidance and sets standards for pharmacists who have completed their prescribing qualification and choose to carry out aesthetic procedures.

Reporting aesthetic prescribing pharmacists to the GPhC

If you have had substandard treatment from a prescribing pharmacist, you can report them to the GPhC for investigation. If appropriate, the GPhC can impose restrictions on their practice or strike them off the register. While striking them off won’t necessarily mean the prescribing pharmacist has to stop practising aesthetics – as technically anyone can do so – they will not be able to promote themselves as a prescribing pharmacist. If you are about to book aesthetic treatment with a prescribing pharmacist, it is advised that you check they are listed on the GPhC register in advance.

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Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The NMC regulates nurses and midwifes in the UK. All those qualified will be listed on the NMC register. The NMC sets the requirements of the professional education for nurses and midwifes, as well as promotes necessary standards for nursing. The NMC also gives guidance and sets standards for nurses who are performing aesthetic treatments.

Reporting aesthetic nurses to the NMC

If you have had substandard treatment from a nurse, you can report them to the NMC for investigation. If appropriate, the NMC can impose restrictions on their practice or strike them off the register. While striking them off won’t necessarily mean the nurse has to stop practising aesthetics – as technically anyone can do so – they will not be able to promote themselves as a nurse. If you are about to book aesthetic treatment with a nurse, it is advised that you check they are listed on the NMC register in advance.

A note from Us...

Beyond Beauty would always encourage you to undergo injectable aesthetic treatment with a medical practitioner who has appropriate insurance cover. To ensure your practitioner is medically-qualified and does not have any restrictions on their practice, you should look them up on the relevant regulatory body register listed above. 

It’s also beneficial if your practitioner is a member of a voluntary organisation, exclusively focused on aesthetics and/or the area they practice in. This means they’ll have additional standards to work towards and will likely have extra support from experts to ensure they regularly update their skills and understanding of their field. There’s lots of noteworthy groups and associations in aesthetics that we work closely with and would recommend, so check them out!

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