PIP breast implants and regulation of cosmetic interventions

22 June 2012

The Health Committee is to sponsor a House of Commons debate on its recent report on PIP Breast implants and regulation of cosmetic interventions.

The 90-minute debate will take place in Westminster Hall on Thursday 5 July from 2.30 pm.

Further details will be issued in due course.

Notes to Editors:

1.      The announcement of the Committee’s report on PIP Breast implants and cosmetic interventions, published on 22 March 2012.

2.      The Health Committee report: PIP Breast Implants and regulation of cosmetic interventions

3.      The Government Response of 14 May to the Health Committee report on PIP Breast implants and regulation of cosmetic interventions

4.      It is estimated that over 40,000 women have received PIP breast implants provided by private clinics or the NHS. The Committee invited all such women to participate in a web forum to give their personal views of their experiences with the implants and their care both before and after the revelations about the safety of PIP implants. The web forum was open to comments from 2 May to 31 May 2012. It can be accessed at and via the Committee’s homepage at

5.       The Government has set up two reviews: one, led by the Health Minister Earl Howe, to examine what happened in the UK in relation to PIP implants; and another, led by the NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, to review evidence of the potential risks to health of PIP breast implants and to advise the Department of Health on policy in relation to women who received these implants. The report of Earl Howe’s review was published on 15 May and was announced by the Department of Health. The Report of Sir Bruce Keogh’s Expert Group was published on 18 June. Sir Bruce is also carrying out a separate review of the wider system of regulation for cosmetic interventions.

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