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Sally Taber

Sally Taber is the Director of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services which maintains the only impartial network serving the operational needs of the independent healthcare industry in the four UK countries. At the request of the government she is taking forward a cosmetic industry self regulation model for the use of botulinum toxins and dermal fillers.


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Recent blogs by Sally Taber

VAT: Don`t get caught out

Posted on 17/11/2011 at 09:24:54 | by Sally Taber

HMRC have been looking into the use of the VAT medical exemption.

They have not released updated guidance but have indicated that they will only accept that cosmetic treatments are exempt if they are carried out for a defined medical purpose, preferably with the patient being referred by a third party clinician.

The BACD, IHAS and leading businesses in the sector have been working with the accountants BDO LLP to challenge this position, but it seems likely that this will need to be challenged in the Courts.

Group Deals: Dont Be Fooled By Bargain Botox

Posted on 28/10/2011 at 13:16:06 | by Sally Taber

In response to a rising number of providers advertising cosmetic injectable treatments on group buying sites, the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) has today warned consumers not to be tempted by these misleading and potentially unsafe deals.

Indeed, many of these deals are illegally advertising Botox®, a prescription only medicine which the Advertising Standards Authority state should not be advertised to the public.

Whilst group buying sites are currently some of the most viewed internet sites in the UK, the IHAS are instead urging the public to ‘shop responsibly’ when considering a cosmetic injectable treatment and consult to ensure their provider is regulated and appropriately qualified.

With 1.4million cosmetic injectable treatments expected to be conducted in the UK this year, we are concerned by the increasing number of misleading and potentially unsafe deals for such treatments on group buying sites which are not only misleading but also putting the public at risk. joins the debate on Cosmetic Injectables and non-medically qualified people

Posted on 18/08/2011 at 13:58:42 | by Sally Taber responds to the CTIA and their stance that: “…injectable treatments ‘botulinum toxin and dermal fillers’ are cosmetic and non-surgical and that the best placed practitioners to undertake these treatments is the Aesthetic Therapist, not on title, but on account of their diligence, immeasurable experience, knowledge and skill”

Injectable cosmetic treatments, such as Botox ® and dermal fillers, are a growing industry in the UK and over one million took place last year alone. is the only form of self regulation for the cosmetic injectable industry in the UK, and serves to protect patients from the serious risks posed by rogue practitioners. According to the standards and training principles for , which reflect the Medicines Act, only a doctor, dentist or registered nurse is appropriately qualified to administer injectable cosmetic treatments in the UK. This scheme was setup to safeguard patients from the rising number of rogue providers and to increase the safety and wellbeing of patients who are considering injectable cosmetic treatments.

Treatments You Can Trusts tries to get message across on ITV Daybreak

Posted on 11/03/2011 at 12:13:23 | by Sally Taber

Sally Taber, Head of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services which is behind the Treatments You Can Trust Quality Assurance Scheme for Cosmetic Injectable Providers took the message about cosmetic injectables to ITV's Daybreak programme hosted by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.

Sally explained how the public should only seek 'Botox' and dermal filler treatments from suitably qualified medical practitioners such as doctors, dentists and nurses and not from beauty therapists.

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