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Refractive Surgery Standards Consultations

The College has been working with some of the UK’s leading refractive surgeons, RCOphth Council members and patient and optometry representation to develop improved standards for the practice of refractive surgery in the UK.

We have produced a series of consultations on the outputs of the Group summarised below.

The current consultation on Professional Standards in Refractive Surgery seeks views on the proposed professional standards for refractive surgery from health and care professionals, stakeholder organisations and the public. The document builds on the April 2016 guidance from the General Medical Council ‘Guidance for doctors who offer cosmetic interventions’, associated guidance issued simultaneously from the Royal College of Surgeons ‘Professional standards for cosmetic practice’ and the Keogh Report ‘Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Surgery Interventions’ (Department of Health 2013). It incorporates elements from the responses to the Spring 2016 Refractive Surgery Standards Consultation on draft Standards for Patient Information and Consent and replaces that document.

Consultation documents Consultation Dates Consultation Response Consultation Status
1.Standards for Patient Information and Consent

2. Advertising and Marketing Standards

3. Patient Information Refractive Lens Exchange

4. Patient Information Phakic Intraocular Lens Implantation

5. Patient Information Laser Vision Correction

6.Patient Information References.

27 April 2016 to 8 June 2016  Refractive Surgery Standards Consultation April to June 2016 Responses Closed
Consultation Professional Standards in Refractive Surgery 24 August 2016 to           5 October 2016  Consultation on Professional Standards for Refractive Surgery Responses 27 March 2017

Final version: Professional Standards for Refractive Surgery April 2017