The BAHRS hosted the first official meeting of Hair Transplant Surgical Assistants in the UK in London on 7 July 2019.

The group discussed developing professional and clinical standards for freelance hair transplant surgical assistants, insurance requirements for clinics employing freelance staff and the individuals themselves, educational opportunities for assistants as well as a number of other issues.

The attendees were reminded that all hair transplant clinics in the England must, by law, be registered with the Care Quality Commission and that the BAHRS policy is only doctors should make incisions in the skin, including those made for harvesting hair using the Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) method. In the UK, non-doctors making skin incisions, without the explicit consent of the patient to do so, could be prosecuted.

Those present felt there was a need for a professional association that assistants could join and were supportive of the idea for a tiered register to be developed by the BAHRS for freelance assistants that would identify skill sets and proficiencies.

Feedback from the meeting was positive.