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Surgeons' society does not endorse website

British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Does Not ‘Approve’ or ‘Regulate’ Websites

London, UK – 19 February 2010 – Despite recent claims by some websites, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (www.baaps.org.uk), the not-for-profit organisation established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit, most emphatically denies any links or endorsements to commercial entities.

Recently, there has been a spate of media articles claiming that commercial enterprises are either ‘approved’ or ‘regulated’ by BAAPS . The BAAPS wishes to clarify and to stress that it is not a regulatory body and does not and cannot endorse any of these companies.

According to Mr. Nigel Mercer, consultant plastic surgeon and President of the BAAPS;

“BAAPS would like to make it clear that we do not approve or endorse any websites or commercial entities that advertise cosmetic surgery or products, and we take these types of claims very seriously. It is an abuse of our good reputation for commercial gain. The BAAPS provides an entirely independent resource for members of the public wishing to find out more about aesthetic plastic surgery, and we always stress patient safety in surgery.”

The BAAPS offers a directory of reputable surgeons around the country, which can be accessed via the website.

ENDS

The BAAPS (www.baaps.org.uk), based at the Royal College of Surgeons, is a not-for-profit organisation, established for the advancement of education and practice of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for public benefit. Members undergo thorough background screening before they can join. Information about specific procedures and surgeons’ contact details can be found on the web site, or by contacting their office at 020 7405 2234. Further materials can be posted to members of the public seeking specialised information. For all media enquiries, please contact Tingy Simoes on 020 7549 2863 or email tsimoes@wavelengthgroup.com

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