They plan to introduce “consistent standards” alongside “hygiene and safety standards for premises”.
The Government is currently considering making it an offence for someone to perform a non-surgical cosmetic procedure in England without a license.
Under the proposed amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill, a license would be required for those carrying out procedures such as Botox and fillers.
A public consultation would determine the exact details of the licencing scheme, but it would seek to “introduce consistent standards”. “Hygiene and safety standards for premises” would also be assessed.
Current rules mean that while Botox has to be prescribed, it can be administered by “suitably qualified” as identified by the prescriber. Fillers do not need to be prescribed and require a presently unregulated training programme.
The proposed legislation also suggests making it illegal to administer such treatments to those under 18s and banning adverts on all forms of media, including social media, influencer advertising and traditional advertising for cosmetic procedures.
The Government says the changes are needed to protect patients from harm and give them the reassurance procedures are being undertaken by safe and qualified practitioners.
Announcing the plans, Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “While most of those in the aesthetics industry follow good practice when it comes to patient safety, far too many people have been left emotionally and physically scarred after botched cosmetic procedures.
“I am committed to protecting patient safety by making it an offence for someone to perform these cosmetic procedures without a licence.
“We’re doing all we can to protect patients from potential harm, but I urge anyone considering a cosmetic procedure to take the time to think about the impact on both their physical and mental health and ensure they are using a reputable, safe and qualified practitioner.
This amendment, in addition to ongoing work with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on the potential to bring certain devices, such as dermal fillers without a medical purpose, in the scope of medical device regulations.