Frequently asked questions
In the UK, non-therapeutic infant male circumcision for religious or cultural reasons is not generally provided by the NHS so most of these procedures are undertaken by private providers. There have been reports of unsafe practices, such as poor surgical technique because of lack of training and poor hygiene, by some unregulated private providers. The quality assurance process and the information on this website aim to help parents identify good quality providers.
The quality group panel has created a list of expected minimum standards for good quality male infant circumcision. Providers that take part are reviewed against these standards and only providers who meet all the standards of good quality care are listed on this website.
The proportion of providers that meet the good quality standards has increased. In 2011, 9 providers applied for quality assurance and 4 met the required standards. In 2017, 8 providers applied for quality assurance and 7 met the required standards.