Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry

The Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry was opened on Monday October 10th 2016. NHS Digital has developed a Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry (BCIR). This is expected to capture the details of all breast implant procedures completed in England by both the NHS and private providers

Current activity submitted to the registry

October 2016 – October 2017

Patient records
Procedures 8,692


The Department of Health directed NHS Digital to carry out this work in response to Recommendation 21 of the Keogh Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions.

The Directions from the Department of Health are available at Directions for Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry

What is the purpose of the registry?

The registry is designed to record the details of any individual, who has breast implant surgery for any reason, so that they can be traced in the event of a product recall or other safety concern relating to a specific type of implant. The registry will also allow the identification of possible trends and complications relating to specific implants.

Explicit patient consent will be required to add their details to the registry in addition to the usual consent for the surgical procedure. Patient information leaflet and consent forms are available on this page

How has the registry been developed?

NHS Digital has worked closely with the Department of Health, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), patient representatives, relevant professional bodies and other agencies to establish the BCIR. A Breast Implant Steering Group provided clinical input into the registry development and advised on content, governance and outputs.

How will patients be included in the registry?

All providers of breast implant surgery are expected to participate. Data Provision Notices are to be issued shortly and will be available on this page.

Provided patients sign the  Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry Participant Consent Form [98kb](Opens in a new window), their details will be added to the registry by their implant provider.

How will NHS and private providers submit data to the registry?

Data will be submitted by providers using the NHS Digital secure online Clinical Audit Platform (CAP). A link to the system is available here:

Surgeons and staff submitting data to CAP will be required to register to use the system by creating an account with NHS Digital and completing and submitting a  Registration form [112kb](Opens in a new window) which has been “signed off” by the provider organisation’s Caldicott Guardian. The registration process form can be found under User Documents on the right hand side of this page.

Help and Support

Local processes should be developed to submit any data. The following documents are available on the right hand side of this page to provide information and support

  • The consent process
  • Patient Information Leaflet
  • Participant Consent Form
  • Clinical Audit Platform: Operational Guidance for Breast Implant Registry
  • Frequently Asked Questions for healthcare providers
  • Frequently Asked Questions for patients
  • Paper data collection form (for use locally if needed)
  • List of Data Collection Items

Getting in touch

For further information or if you have any queries please contact NHS Digital’s Contact Centre on 0300 303 5678, or alternatively email and include Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry in the subject line so your enquiry can be easily forwarded on to the BCIR project team.

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