Call for views and evidence

This call for evidence closed at 5pm on Friday 18 March 2016.


The availability and use of invasive cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, to enhance or ‘normalise’ appearance has grown significantly in recent decades: both in terms of the number of procedures on offer and the numbers of people who choose to undergo them. The Council has established a Working Party to explore the ethical issues that arise in connection with this increasing access to cosmetic procedures.

The Working Party would like to hear from as many people and organisations as possible who have an interest in cosmetic procedures, and recently asked for submissions of views and evidence in two different formats, which are outlined below.

Online survey

This short survey sought to gather personal views on issues around cosmetic procedures. The survey is now closed.

Call for evidence

The call for evidence sought to gather more substantial comments on a range of questions that the Working Party is interested in. You can access each of the different sections of this call for evidence online via the links below, or download the full call for evidence as a Word document.

The call for evidence closed on 18 March 2016.

Other ways to contribute

In addition to the survey and call for evidence, we will be using a variety of consultative methods to ensure that we hear from a diverse range of people with personal or professional experience of cosmetic procedures, or opinions about the impact of the growing availability of such procedures on social attitudes to appearance. Please contact us if you would like to be kept up-to-date with opportunities to contribute, or to alert us to other people or organisations who would be interested in knowing about this project.

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