Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry

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What is the registry?

NHS Scotland joined the Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry (BCIR) to help improve the services offered to people with an implant.

Why it’s useful to have a registry

Implant registries are useful because they help find:

  • whether a particular implant is causing problems
  • people who have implants when concerns have been raised

Who runs the registry?

The BCIR is operated by NHS England (formerly NHS Digital) as a central register for NHS Scotland, NHS England and NHS Northern Ireland to ensure patients are supported appropriately.

The NHS takes its responsibility for looking after information very seriously. It follows the legal rules, guidance and practices known as Information Governance for both:

  • collection of the registry data
  • IT systems

The BCIR contains details of breast implant procedures in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It covers NHS and independent providers.

Read further information about the creation of the BCIR

There is no information on cosmetic implants apart from breast implants at this time.

The BCIR is supported by cosmetic and surgical professional groups including:

  • the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)
  • the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)
  • the Association of Breast Surgery (ABS)

These professional groups ensure experts, doctors and patients are involved within the BCIR processes.

When and why did Scotland join the BCIR?

Scotland joined the registry in 2019.

The Scottish Cosmetic Interventions Expert Group found that it would benefit Scotland to join the BCIR. This resulted in an agreement with NHS England on the safe and secure management of patient information as part of the BCIR.

Scotland’s NHS hospitals are included in the registry. Independent hospitals are joining as soon as possible.

How it works

The registry has been set up to improve the data on the safety of breast implants.

The registry:

  • records all implant procedures
  • looks at implant information to see if there are safety issues with a type of implant

The registry means that patients can be quickly and accurately contacted if there is a recall.

Read further information about breast and cosmetic implant product recall

Does my hospital need to participate?

The BCIR was set up to ensure patient safety is at the centre of care. To achieve this, NHS Scotland health boards must ensure records are kept safely and effectively. So relevant data for all patients who receive an implant are to be added to the BCIR. This is an essential part of keeping patients safe and a key part of usual clinical care. If you are concerned about this, your data rights can be found as part of the Privacy notice and you should discuss any concerns with your clinician.

Read the patient information leaflet

Last updated:
31 January 2023