What do consumers need to know?

Treatment success depends not only on the quality of the devices used but to a large extent also on the user's level of training. When choosing a (cosmetic) studio, make sure that the user has the necessary qualifications.


Treatments with non-ionising radiation (NIS; laser, light, sound)

As at 1 June 2024, the following treatments cannot be performed without the proper Certificate of competence:

  • Non-invasive treatment of cellulite and subcutaneous fat
    (with freezing, ultrasound or radio frequencies)
  • Hair removal with laser or intense pulsed light (IPL)
  • Laser removal of tattoos or permanent makeup (not in the eye area).

--> Before treatment with NIS, ask to see a certificate of competence!

For more information on treatments, procedures and techniques subject to medical supervision and prohibited treatments, please see the website of the FOPH:

Please refer to the FOPH website for further information: 


Anti-wrinkle injection with facial or other dermal or mucous membrane fillers

These treatments can be performed only by a doctor or qualified healthcare professional under direct supervision by a doctor (Annex 6 MedDO).

For questions on whether a treatment is permitted, please contact your Cantonal department of health.

The cantons are responsible for monitoring retailers and dispensing outlets 

For additional questions on medical devices and devices without an intended medical purpose please contact your cantonal pharmacist

In the event of injuries or serious incidents

As a consumer you can report a serious incident yourself, but whenever possible you should discuss this report with the doctor or beautician treating you to see if he or she has already submitted a report to the responsible authority.

Swissmedic is responsible for market surveillance of devices that are subject to the MedDO; this includes devices without an intended medical purpose that have certification under the MedDO, Council Directive 93/42 EEC or Regulation (EU) 2017/745 and will be placed on the market in Switzerland for the first time under the new MedDO provisions with effect from 1 May 2024.

Swissmedic is not responsible for devices under the prior legislation.

For more information about reporting serious incidents, please see the Swissmedic website 

See also:

Last modification 01.11.2023

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