CEN announces new standards on Aesthetic Surgery
Quite useful and interesting news are coming from the European Committee for Standardization (aka CEN)! CEN published the new European Standard for Aesthetic Surgery (EN 16372). This is quite important because such publications help towards the direction of improvement of aesthetic surgery quality in terms of safety and patients satisfaction! The rising trend regarding aesthetic surgery makes it quite necessary that a certain standard is met by all clinics offering such services!
The announcement sets requirements for a multitude of aspects such as: information provided to patients, the consultation procedure, competencies of the surgeons, ethics and marketing etc. Who set these requirements? The whole European standard was created by a Commitee of practicioneers who are nominated by CEN Members as well as other stakeholders (CEN’s Project Committee on ‘Aesthetic Surgery and Aesthetic Non-surgical Medical services)! This commitee was founded in 2010. The publication was made available to all members of CEN till December 17 and it will be announced at national level in 33 european countries till June 2015!
The chairman of the committe, Dr. Johann Umschaden, a Specialist in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery states: “The new European Standard defines a high level of quality for aesthetic surgery services and provides the basis for optimal patient safety”. Besides the renowned plastic surgeron Ivar van Heijningen, among the ones that initiated this project announced: “This European Standard is a landmark for health care services, especially considering the cross-border mobility of patients in Europe” and added: “Whether they are being treated in their own country or abroad, patients expect to be treated by competent practitioners in a safe environment and to be informed about relevant issues related to their treatment, including risks. These expectations are addressed by the new European Standard for aesthetic surgery services,”
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PS: It’s quite essential that both US and European Union show such sensitivity in terms of safety! Click here to read the latest update from FDA regarding Microbiological safety of Cosmetic procedures!