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RCOG/BSUG statement in response to the Scottish CMO’s announcement on the restricted use of transvaginal mesh

News 12 September 2018

Please attribute the following statement to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and The British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG):

“The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and The British Society of Urogynaecologyare aware of the Scottish Chief Medical Officer’s announcement of a temporary and immediate halt on the use of transvaginal mesh for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse while robust safety protocols are established.

“The RCOG and BSUG support the Scottish CMO’s commitment to a UK-wide registry in order to prospectively collect information on the use and outcomes of transvaginal mesh. We also await guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and an independent review chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege. 

“The RCOG and BSUG remain committed to ensuring the safety of surgical procedures for women and will keep its members informed of any further developments that arise."


Note to Editors

The RCOG mesh webpage brings together a number of resources to help women and healthcare professionals about the use of mesh. For more information, please visit the website.

For media enquiries, please contact the RCOG press office on 020 7045 6773 or email

About the RCOG
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond. It is dedicated to encouraging the study and advancing the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. It does this through postgraduate medical education and training and the publication of clinical guidelines and reports on aspects of the specialty and service provision.