The Association of Laser Safety Professionals (ALSP) is a professional society of laser safety experts actively engaged in providing advice, support and training in laser safety, and covers all applications of laser technology.

The primary aims of the Association are:

- to provide a forum in the UK for laser safety expertise,
- to establish, promote and maintain high standards in the provision of laser safety services,
- to award the qualification of certificated Laser Protection Adviser (LPA) to those who are sufficiently competent and knowledgeable in matters of laser safety,
- to organize meetings, events and other appropriate activities relating to laser safety.

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October 2017 - Laser Eyewear Survey

Work is underway within ISO (the International Standards Organisation) to develop a future laser eye protection standard.

Your input on this would be greatly appreciated.

 Future markings under the ISO standard will almost certainly need to include some way of describing the resistance of the eyewear to laser damage (currently not needed under EN 207 because that property is automatically defined when the user specifies an OD).

 There is an online survey at the link below.  The survey asks you to choose between three broad areas of laser use, where you feel comfortable responding, but you can fill in multiple surveys if you want to cover more than one.  The marking options given are the same for all – only the scenario descriptions are different.

The survey takes the form of two examples within each area of laser use – one simple, and one complicated – that you might come across in real life.

 There are free text fields where you can note down any aspects that are not captured by the marking options.

All responses will be treated in confidence – and you do not need to give a name if you don’t want to.  It would however be helpful if you could indicate that you are from the UK (if you are), to help with analysing national trends in the responses.

Please respond by 1700 on Monday 30th October (UK time). Thanks in advance for your help.

New European Aesthetic Non-Surgical Standard PUBLISHED

August 2017: A new European Standard on non-surgical aesthetics has now been published.

The Standard covers a vast range of treatments, including laser and IPL treatments.

By virtue of its nature much of the content of the Standard concerns the medical and clinical details of the treatment modalities themselves.

However laser safety audits and inspections etc. are also covered. For example in the UK part of Annex B, quite a lot of detail is provided on the role of the LPA – Laser Protection Adviser.

As well as lasers and IPLs, other treatment modalities covered include:

  • Chemical peels
  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Fillers
  • Micro needling
  • Ultrasound
  • Cryolipolysis
  • … and many more

The full title of the Standard is: Aesthetic medicine services - Nonsurgical medical treatments EN 16844.

The topics covered are:

  • Competencies
  • Management and communication with patients
  • Facilities
  • Treatments
  • Code of Ethics for marketing and advertising.

Mike Regan

Chair to BSI Committee CH403

Aesthetic Surgery and Aesthetic Non-Surgical Medical Services

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