Cosmetic treatments using radiation and ultrasound

Certain treatments for cosmetic purposes use laser beams or light, which may involve risks for human tissue (skin, eyes). Cosmetic treatments using radiation and ultrasound have thus been governed by a Federal Act and corresponding Ordinance since 1 June 2019.

Certain treatments for cosmetic purposes use products that generate non-ionising radiation, such as laser beams or light. These can place considerable strain on the radiated tissue. If these treatments are not carried out properly, the skin, eyes and other tissue may be exposed to significant risks. To minimise these risks, a number of precautions have been specified in the Federal Act on Protection against Non-Ionising Radiation and Sound (NIRSA). These precautions are set out in greater detail in the Ordinance O-NIRSA. The Act and the Ordinance came into force on 1 June 2019.

Certificate of competence  

As of 1 June 2024, limitations will apply to 13 types of treatment which use devices that emit non-ionising radiation or sound. Only holders of a certifi-cate of competence may carry out the following treatments:

•    Acne
•    Cellulite and subcutaneous fat
•    Rosacea
•    Birthmarks and spider naevi (smaller than 3 mm and not near the eyes)
•    Wrinkles
•    Scars
•    Fungal nail infections
•    Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
•    Stretch marks
•    Hair removal
•    Removal of permanent makeup (not near the eyes)
•    Removal of tattoos using non-ablative lasers (not near the eyes)
•    Laser acupuncture

This certificate of competence cannot currently be acquired. A committee comprising representatives from the professional associations involved will soon draw up the training programmes, examination content and examina-tion regulations necessary for the acquisition of a certificate of compe-tence.

We will publish the training programmes, examination content and examina-tion regulations on this website as soon as they have been established. At that point in time (around 2021/22), we will draft an ordinance listing all of the relevant training and examination centres.

Responsible committee

The NIRSA ordinance stipulates that a committee will draw up training programmes, examination content and examination regulations for the certificate of competence. These documents must correspond to the latest scientific findings and technological developments.

The committee comprises representatives from the professional associations involved and is governed by a cooperation agreement.

Last modification 22.08.2019

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