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Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry for Northern Ireland

Data Provision Notice to provide NHS Digital with data relating to breast implant procedures completed by both NHS and private healthcare providers in Northern Ireland, to include in the Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry.


NHS Digital has developed a Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry (BCIR) which is expected to capture the details of all breast implant procedures completed by both the NHS and private healthcare providers in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Department of Health and Social Care, England directed NHS Digital to carry out this work in response to Recommendation 21 of the Keogh Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions

The primary purpose of the BCIR is to record the details of any patient who has had 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.  As a secondary purpose, the BCIR will also allow the identification of possible trends and complications relating to specific implants which could be used as an early warning of a potential issue. Should a product recall arise, an agreed process will be followed.

This Data Provision Notice is issued to provide for the full participation in the BCIR by health care providers in Northern Ireland.

Note that explicit consent will be required from individual patients to add their patient details to the Registry in addition to the usual consent for the surgical procedure. A patient information leaflet is available to help providers capture consent. 

Scope of the collection

This Notice is served on:

  • Cosmetic surgery providers within both Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland and the Independent Sector in Northern Ireland.

Legal basis for provision of data

Period of the collection

The BCIR was launched in Northern Ireland in January 2021 and will be an ongoing collection. Providers will need to develop local processes as to when and how data is entered into the system, but NHS Digital advises that it is best practice to submit the data as close to the surgery as possible.

NHS Digital will publish an Annual Report once per year on activity in the BCIR; this will include a review of data quality. The report will contain aggregate data for all providers submitting data to the BCIR across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Read the Data Provision Notice and supporting documents

Last edited: 21 January 2021 4:08 pm