Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry


The Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry was opened on 10 October 2016. This is expected to capture the details of all breast implant procedures completed in England by both the NHS and private providers.


Background and legal basis of the registry

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 in the documents section below. 

How has the registry been developed?

NHS Digital is working closely with the Department of Health, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), patient representatives, relevant professional bodies and other agencies to develop the BCIR. Representatives of these groups provide clinical input, advise on content, governance and outputs via the Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry Steering Group.

How will patients be included in the registry?

All providers of breast implant surgery are expected to participate. Data Provision Notices have been issued and are available.

Provided patients sign the BCIR Participant Consent Form 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)

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 User Registration form which has been "signed off" by the provider organisation's Caldicott Guardian. The registration process form can be found in the documents section of this page. 

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.


Further information