Ethics and iConsult

What’s your top priority? At iConsult, our top priority ensuring ethical practice for all medical aesthetic businesses. The ethical application of cosmetic treatments is of the utmost importance to us, but unfortunately, the UK cosmetics industry is alarmingly under-regulated.

Health experts call for tighter regulations in cosmetic treatments

Many health experts across the UK are calling for tighter regulations in the cosmetic field. An increasing number of people are turning to wrinkle relaxing injections (Botox) and dermal fillers, the two most popular treatments. However, these treatments are all high risk if not performed correctly, and can cause problems ranging from infections to burning sensations, or more long-term issues such as disfigurements, scarring and blindness if not carried out properly. Unfortunately, current legislation is so lax that practitioners who do cause such issues often face no legal accountability.

Shockingly, there are no legal requirements or medical qualifications for practitioners that offer Botox or fillers as a treatment; even chemical peels and laser hair removal are not restricted by an legislative measures. Despite the UK government commissioning reviews into industry practices, dermal fillers are still covered by the same legislation as ballpoint pens. That makes the aesthetics industry a dangerous place for anybody who has not fully researched their chosen clinic, and gives an unfair reputation to ethical, highly-qualified practitioners that offer treatments safely.

The cosmetics industry is booming, and is only likely to continue to grow. Sadly, without regulative measures in place, this means that reports of botched treatments is also on the rise. Currently, the only thing that can be done to prevent the risk is for patients to ensure they have carried out extensive research and chosen a well-qualified doctor, reducing the chances of adverse effects. Victims of malpractice pay the price over and over again, whilst exploitative practitioners remain free to continue carrying out dangerous procedures.


Trust in iConsult

However, there are measures in place that ensure ethics run within the medical aesthetics industry, such as a strict code of recommended professional standards. Many reputable practitioners adhere to these guidelines on a voluntary basis, ensuring clients are afforded safe and high-quality care. Here at iConsult, we take pride in our integrity and are always honest and transparent with clients. This means you can trust that when we say client safety is so important to us, you can trust that we really mean it. Unlike with other systems, we operate with the needs of clinics, patients, and practitioners in mind, and we help you to grow by focussing solely on patient experience and ethic, which only proves further our commitment to ending malpractice and regulating the cosmetic industry.

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Closing Down...

iConsult will shut down on 17 August 2020.

Here are the steps you need to take in order to access your data.

1. Login to the iConsult Platform (www.iconsult.global) and print off/save as PDF all the records you will need to service your immediate needs running up to 17 August. The system will be shut down on this date, and we will make a backup of all data on the system at this time.

2. We have created a simple, secure portal which will enable you to download patient records in a spreadsheet format for you to store locally and/or import into another system.

The URL for this portal is https://downloads.iconsult-aesthetic.com

Look out for an email with your login details following the 17 August. You will have to reset your password before you gain access to the downloads.

Downloading the files will also allow you to meet the requirement to store patient records for the required period [https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/ethics/confidentiality-and-health-records/retention-of-health-records

3. We will hold the portal open until 1st September 2021, thereafter we will shut down the online access and keep a physical copy of the data backup.

4. This physical copy will be destroyed on 1st January 2021, if you need access to any files during this time it will incur a charge.

If you have any queries please email [email protected]